The Effective Executive: Summary – Peter Drucker’s book

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The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

What will make you stand out from typical executives? Becoming an effective one.

Peter F. Drucker’s The Effective Executive is focused exactly on this topic, explaining how you can become a better executive for your business.

Leader. Boss. Manager. You’ll find plenty of books focused on these topics, complete with “how to do this” instructions.


“Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge are essential resources, but only effectiveness converts them into results.”

  1. Learn how to become more productive

Effectiveness is a not tricky business, as Peter Drucker explains it doesn’t require anything special from you, all you need is dedication and willingness to last. Executives are people with authority. Therefore they are under constant pressure, so learning effectiveness is a mandatory process for them. If you want to count yourself among those highly effective executives you should learn: how to perceive strengths and weakness, find true values and judge personalities.

  1. The end result is what matters

“The Effective Executive” teaches you to focus on the outcome. GetNugget endorses Peter’s theory that your energy is the difference between success and failure. Adjust your efforts and energy to results rather than focusing on improving productivity. Contribution, however, has the capacity to prompt a shift in attention which will drive the executive away from his area of specialty. By considering this fact, an effective manager ought to narrow its skills, focus on one department at a time, and evaluate the organizational performance – as a whole. Don’t fly around with your mind meaninglessly, transform your mindset and produce the best possible results.

No leader, no boss, no manager can do a great job without having effective executives around them, or even being this kind of executive themselves.

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As Drucker explains, effectiveness is essential to business. To achieve that, you should take into account these objectives:

  • Time management
  • Choosing what to contribute to the practical organization
  • Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect
  • Setting up the right priorities
  • And knitting all of these things together with effective decision-making

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