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:
Management of time
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 them together with effective decision making
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.
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this is so dated...
I felt that the book doesn't cut it for an executive that faces the challenges of a distributed corporation in a highly connected "flat" world. I can see how this book may have had an impact 30 years ago, however the effectiveness principles stated are by now obvious (even though still not always understood).
Blaspheming the "gold standard" of Exec Reading
I was so underwhelmed by this book after so many people recommended it to me. The examples are pretty dated in the present day though some of the principles still hold true, especially guarding time as one of our most precious resources. I find the way it's written is riddled with subtle sexism, no doubt a throwback to the era in which it was written, but grating nonetheless.