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:
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.
©2006 Peter F. Drucker (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
I'm a program manager at Google. I feel like this book unlocked some key insights. Sure Drucker is old school - but in some ways, he IS the school. Good read for people who don't have "executive" in their title. Good read for MBA candidates, too.
I was so underwhelmed by this book after so many people recommended it to me. The examples are pretty dated in the present day though some of the principles still hold true, especially guarding time as one of our most precious resources. I find the way it's written is riddled with subtle sexism, no doubt a throwback to the era in which it was written, but grating nonetheless.
I felt that the book doesn't cut it for an executive that faces the challenges of a distributed corporation in a highly connected "flat" world. I can see how this book may have had an impact 30 years ago, however the effectiveness principles stated are by now obvious (even though still not always understood).
Management is by example and absolutely kind of a practice.it is presented and discussed fully in the book. Nowadays, the world has walked into an organizational phase. So to be effective becomes more crucial than ever before. The book offers some systematic tools,as well as disciplines we can use. It's very helpful for every knowledge worker.
Examples were often about corporate executives or political leaders. Although some lessons were transferable to personal effectiveness, as someone who doesn't touch organization design, I just didn't find the book to be relevant.
At first glance you might find some of these concepts almost common sense. However I have learned more from this book than I initially expected to. There are a number of great lessons throughout the book and the need to understand how to be effective is necessary.
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