The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 15 minutes|
|Author||Peter F. Drucker|
|Narrator||Jim Collins, Timothy Andrés Pabon|
|Audible.ca Release Date||January 24 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #5,592 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#179 in Small Business & Entrepreneurship
#264 in Management & Leadership (Audible Books & Originals)
#299 in Management (Books)
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Effectiveness is learned. There is hope he says. 😀 and improving effectiveness of knowledge workers is our best hope to maintaining a high standard of living. There is no hiding or ignoring this.
There is some practical guidance around time management. Some interesting anecdotes about Vail from the Bell company and his decision to embrace customer service and government regulation as the only alternative to nationalization. They certainly have lost this vision.
This is likely a book I will re-read.
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Very interesting for me was how Mr Drucker views competition as a critical component for ideation, and how he relates all his ideas to examples, often with own experiences in high profile situations.
Sometimes it feels a little naive, when the text gives no hint at the value of complexity and chaos in certain phases of org internal strive, and therefore the text sometimes doesn’t reach a depth that is necessary for such ideas to be useful. For instance, a seemingly meaningless task might not be avoidable if it is used by a competitor to derail ones efforts. Also I was missing the part where the results are sold to different audiences. Rarely, results sell themselves.
Altogether, it’s a great entry point to this area of personal development, and even the experienced knowledge worker can gain a few novel insights. Through its optimistic approach and motivating examples, I can also imagine that it enables a returning reader to work through some creation problems they are currently facing in their work.