You can be the smartest and the most brilliant person at your company, and you could even be beloved by the media and your community, but if you are not good at getting things done, you’re on the fast track to being an unsuccessful leader. Veteran business writer Peter F. Drucker’s book has a simple premise: The measure of the executive is his or her ability to “get the right things done.” While this is a straightforward idea, it is harder to put into practice than you might imagine. It requires the help of a great team, but also the ability to spot things others may have missed, to manage your time well and knowing how to set priorities. In this book, you’ll learn how to be a better boss and member of your team.
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 of mind that mold them into results.
Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned:
- 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 widely through the annals of business and government, Peter F. Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.