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The Effective Executive

The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials)

Peter F. Drucker

What makes an effective executive?The measure of the executive, Peter F. 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...
Publish Date
First Published in 1966
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Though the parts on computers feel a little dated, this slim 1969 guide to managing yourself and others in the knowledge economy is otherwise incredibly on point. Drucker writes about first principles and makes things seem obvious — once he explains them in his straightforward way.      source
Another formative read for me. I devoured this book while in college. I can’t say that I’ve always been an effective executive, but Peter Drucker was a hero of mine.      source
Five business books that lit a bulb 💡 - Blue Ocean Strategy: Build something novel. - Maverick: You can be different. - The Intelligent Investor: Fundamentals are eternal. - The Effective Executive: You’re wasting most moments. - Drive: How to keep going.      source
2/ The Effective Executive. Drucker is one of the greatest business thinkers of the last century. He deeply understands people and that business is first and foremost about people. In this book he shows you how to execute - whether as a solo executor or senior manager.      source
The first book rec of the year: The Effective #Executive- by Peter Drucker- a perfect kick-off to the new year! I started reading it then learned one of my clients gave it to his executive team! Effective or just busy? #results      source
I was very honored to have the opportunity to write the foreword to the 50th anniversary edition.      source