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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Amazing insights from a timeless classic

Drucker’s words may belong to a previous generation, but the insights he shares on effective execution and managing one’s time have a value that is timeless. The forward is a proper introduction to the entire work, one which is personal, insightful and full of humanity, like the book itself.

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Boring as a dentist”s waiting room

I know this book got high ratings but I have no idea why. The narrator is boring and so is the material. I suffered through six chapters and gave up!
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excellent book

I'm really excited about implementing some of the things I learned in this book in my current organization, and my entrepreneurial endeavors. Thank you Peter Drucker, may you rest in peace... Or, help the almighty organize the Heavenly hosts

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Great book

Reading this book as a book challenge with a mentor. This book offers great insight into leadership.