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Publisher's Summary

A commemorative edition of Peter F. Drucker's timeless classic work on leadership and management, with a foreword by Jim Collins.

What makes an effective executive?

For decades Peter F. Drucker was widely regarded as "the dean of this country's business and management philosophers" (Wall Street Journal). In this concise and brilliant work, he looks to the most influential position in management - the executive.

The measure of the executive, 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 mastered:

  • Managing time
  • Choosing what to contribute to the organization
  • Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect
  • Setting the right priorities
  • Knitting all of them together with effective decision making

Ranging across the annals of business and government, Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.

©2017 Peter F. Drucker (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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The language is very educational vs conversational. It’s easy to get lost or distracted while listening

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Narrator hard to listen to

I found it extremely hard to follow due to the narrator. It is impossible for me to judge the context as the narrator couldn't keep my attention . The effective manager was much more easy to follow

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Truly Timeless

There is no doubt you will hear at least a dozens new (old) ideas you can implement today which will greatly enhance your effectiveness. Make the time, you on
firm is counting on you!

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Excellent Insights

Still completely relevant today. Narrator seemed a little bit slow but audible let's you increase the speed which was perfect.

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More practical please

Good overall but could have been more practical and down to earth. Seemed more theoretical.

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Essential Reading

For quite some time I have found myself floundering in disarray, attempting to take control of my life but making little progress. Lo and behold, The Effective Executive was full of practical advice that has already helped me make better use of my time and focus on those specific tasks that are most important. There was so much good info in here I had to buy the hard copy after listening so that I could have it on hand for instant reference. An absolute must read (or listen, I suppose) for anyone serious about advancing their ability to manage time and make decisions!

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Excellent and thoughtful

Must read for anyone in management. Concepts are timeless. This book is a highly recommended

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taking responsibility into one's own hands

Another great motivational classic worth every​ penny. This book reads like Seneca, it is has beautiful form and is to the point. The author does not dwell too much on the historical details of the excellent examples he draws on, instead leaves the reader with a sense of enthusiasm and hope that self determined action is the way forward, despite the troubles one may be currently facing

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Unquestionably correct approach for thought

The methods of making decisions and prioritization are gold, and Drucker challenges you to actually change your ways. Timeless.

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Great book

I enjoyed the concepts presented in the book. The main note is to execute the right things. How will you change what you do on Monday!