The measure of the executive, Peter Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.
Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned:
Management of time Choosing what to contribute to the practical organization Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect Setting up the right priorities And Knitting all of them together with effective decision making
Ranging widely through the annals of business and government, Peter Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.
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This work is full of solid descriptions of effective executive behavior. The specific examples are a window to the past and do date the book, but the principles are timeless. Drucker's text is tightly focused and well organized. I think this would be a great read for a new manager or an experienced leader looking to regain his/her focus, priorities and principles. This book conveys Drucker's wisdom so clearly and simply that it has universal appeal for leaders in virtually any field. I have read many books on leadership and self-development and believe his book to be among the best. It is well worth your money and time.
This is one of the books that every intellectual worker must read in order to grow professionally and personally.
Might be the worst book I’ve read. What it was was an exercise in ‘how to right a book to make money’ It was truly effective at doing that!