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What Makes an Effective Executive | [Peter F Drucker]

What Makes an Effective Executive

This concise audiobook is based on Mr. Drucker's summary of The Effective Executive done at the request of Harvard Business Review and is now one of their best selling published works. This article is a perfect way to learn about the subject broadly in a short period of time. Unlike many articles of this kind, summarizing a book's contents, this article was written and crafted by the author himself.
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"Great managers may be charismatic or dull, generous or tightfisted, visionary or numbers oriented. But every effective executive follows eight simple practices." -Peter F. Drucker

An effective executive does not need to be a leader in the sense that the term is now most commonly used. Harry Truman did not have one ounce of charisma, for example, yet he was among the most effective chief executives in U.S. history. Similarly, some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs Drucker has worked with over his 65-year consulting career were not stereotypical leaders. They were all over the map in terms of their personalities, attitudes, values, strengths, and weaknesses. They ranged from extroverted to nearly reclusive, from easygoing to controlling, from generous to parsimonious.

What made them all effective is that they followed the same eight practices:

  • They asked, "What needs to be done?"
  • They asked, "What is right for the enterprise?"
  • They developed action plans.
  • They took responsibility for decisions.
  • They took responsibility for communicating.
  • They were focused on opportunities rather than problems.

    This concise audiobook is based on Mr. Drucker's summary of The Effective Executive done at the request of Harvard Business Review and is now one of their best selling published works. This article is a perfect way to learn about the subject broadly in a short period of time. Unlike many articles of this kind, summarizing a book's contents, this article was written and crafted by the author himself. The Audiobook has nine tracks. 1. Introduction. 2. Get the Knowledge You Need. 3. Write an Action Plan. 4. Act. 5. Take Responsibility for Decisions. 6. Take Responsibility for Communicating. 7. Focus on Opportunities. 8. Make Meetings Productive. 9. Think and Say "We."

    ©2004 Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP); (P)2008 No Hassle Inc.

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      "One of Drucker's best"

      Drucker describes extremely clearly what effective executives all have in common. And he iterates that regardless of your personality traits, you can still run a successful company if you are an effective leader with strong leadership skills. He talks about what those skills are without a bunch of motivational fluff you see in other books. Everything in this book is valuable.

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      Hayden 03-31-15
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      "Effective"

      Must read this book. If, one wants to achieve success effectively. This is useful and applicable on an individual level as well, with some basic creative thought.

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      Michael Amarillo, TX, United States 03-20-15
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      "Awesome!"

      One of the best 27 minutes I've ever had. A must read for those in charge. Well worth the money.

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      "Decent Synopsis"

      Good little synopsis for a quick commute listen. Nothing too deep, though. Probably only got about one good note out of the listen.

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      "Great ideas from Drucker"

      Drucker's insights are still valid in today's fast pace world and this is a great short listen with lots of food for thought!

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      "Short powerful to the point"

      I imagine this is like his book on the subject reduced to its essential points. Only other comment: while this is a business title, the narration is very flat making it easy to miss the fact that he had moved on to a new point.

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      Summary of The Effective Executive. Great little reminder. Not revolutionary but time tested. check it out.

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      Jeff Anderle 04-02-13 Member Since 2012

      I love theology, the classics, biographies, and bussiness books. I sometimes even enjoy a little modern fiction,

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      "Get Ready to Take Notes!"

      Wow! Many tried to tell me that a pastor should have major in business. I didn't believe them and find myself regretting that decision often. However with Audible I've been giving myself a business education. I found every sentence of this very powerful read to be chocked full of meaning and insight. A must read for anyone who wants to be more professional no matter what their business.

      Short enough to be listened to in its entirety while taking the kids to one of their many activities.

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      "Best investment"

      The amount of wisdom contained in this compact gem is unbelievable. As in, literally unbelievable. You will not believe how many insights you'll get from listening to this time after time.

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      "Be aware, its 23 minutes concise!"
      This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

      Someone who just wants to know what Peter Ducker wrote or who he is. Not someone who really wants to understand or apply Peter Drucker's wisdom.


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      If ever I need a 3 minute summary on Peter Drucker's "What Makes and Effective Executive" I know were to find it.


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      Get the complete version, not the "concise" once and beware in the future of "concise" versions.

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