The Effective Executive

  • by Peter F. Drucker
  • Narrated by Tim Andres Pabon
  • 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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...

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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).

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- nemo

Najah Bazzy

The book was a review for me as a chief executive officer and founder of a growing nonprofit in Detroit Michigan. As a female CEO what was difficult for me was to listen to the book and a male dominant executive role. Executives were never referred to as she only he but when speaking of secretaries it was referred to as a she. The book was originally written in 1967 when men dominated the nonprofit world as CEOs and executive directors and perhaps still do. I had to shut my ears to the idea that the book has not yet we were in itself to be more inclusive. Also the case studies were lengthy but I still finished the book because the morsels I was looking for as a refresher I received. If you're short on time listen to the last chapter which summarizes the book.
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- Najah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio