The measure of the executive, Peter 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:
Ranging widely through the annals of business and government, Peter Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations....Continua
Sometimes what separates classics from junk in a topic area is how honest and direct the author is conveying key messages no matter how unpleasant. Drucker, being the definite guru of management-related books, is brutally honest in this book about being an effective executive, or just an executive: to paraphrase, an executive should never do what they want; they should do they are told to, and should not let their own wish, preference, or whatever get into the way. People pay you to do something for a reason. If it's all pleasant jobs then people could have done it themselves, right? Life would not be easier with this fact in mind, but at least you will know what to do?...Continua