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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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Highly Recommended

This book changed the way i live. Instead of mechanically taking care of my to-do list like I used to, I now try to do what must be done next. I love how Drucker emphasize that we should make a difference, not just settle for making a living or strive to be the best at something just for the glory. He tells the characteristics that effective executives have and uses colorful examples of historical figures and companies to illustrate his points, which makes his book interesting to listen to. Jim Collins and Tim Andres Pabon also did a good job at narrating (varied intonation). Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone of all ages and background!

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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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Concise, focused and to the point.

How to be an Effective executive. All meat, no fluff. One of the most concise books on being effective.

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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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When Captain Kirk Reads at -0.5x Speed

The reading of the Foreword is barely tolerable. You're forced to tune out or skip forward until Chapter One. It may be Jim Collins or Tim Andres Pabon. Oddly slow and cartoonishly performative, as if the reader is living out his unfulfilled William Shatner impersonator ambitions. (Doubly painful for aural learners.) It's wholly ironic that a book written for executives/leaders would be read in such fashion. 

Do yourself a favor and buy the Kindle, hardcover, or paperback version. There are gems to pick up, which gets buried under the unpleasant performance.

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Surprisingly actionable, concrete, insightful

The title of this book makes it look like one of those vague wishy-washy business self-help books. The reality is that it's so full of actionable advice that any "knowledge worker" (engineer, product manager, researcher, ...) should read this!
Really enjoy it and will give it a second listen and try to stick to its advice.

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must read!

This book was incredible, especially the first half! I will certainly be encouraging all of my senior-level staff to read it!

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Such a great book!

I feel like the 4 hour work week borrowed a lot from this book, but did not do as good a job. This book gives the right amount of time to the most difficult tasks facing any executive. I’ll be reading it again I am sure.

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Outdated but some core principles still apply

This book is clearly outdated and many concepts will not work for a high-growth, rapidly-changing, millennial-filled work environment. This books concepts seem to resonate more in an old-fashioned, militaristic organization with an emphasis on vertical hierarchy. Additionally, there are sexist undertones as a result of the era in which this was written. The book only uses a feminine pronoun once or twice, and only when describing Somebody who was acting hysterical. I think the elements around time management and delegation as well as developing Strank’s rather than minimizing weaknesses was certainly useful, but I would prefer to see these concepts Inc. in something a little more modern.

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this book is not really interesting.

i would like to swap this book with a different book. i don't know how i can do that.
the audio was ok, but the book itself is so much of blah. the examples used in book are difficult to find online to find sources.