• What Makes an Effective Executive

  • By: Peter F Drucker
  • Narrated by: Bill DeWees
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 25-04-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simply Media
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (32 ratings)

Summary

"Great managers may be charismatic or dull, generous or tightfisted, visionary or numbers oriented. But every effective executive follows eight simple practices." -Peter F. Drucker An effective executive does not need to be a leader in the sense that the term is now most commonly used. Harry Truman did not have one ounce of charisma, for example, yet he was among the most effective chief executives in U.S. history. Similarly, some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs Drucker has worked with over his 65-year consulting career were not stereotypical leaders. They were all over the map in terms of their personalities, attitudes, values, strengths, and weaknesses. They ranged from extroverted to nearly reclusive, from easygoing to controlling, from generous to parsimonious.
What made them all effective is that they followed the same eight practices:


They asked, "What needs to be done?"

They asked, "What is right for the enterprise?"

They developed action plans.

They took responsibility for decisions.

They took responsibility for communicating.

They were focused on opportunities rather than problems.
©2004 Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP) (P)2008 No Hassle Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 26-09-10

One of Drucker's best

Drucker describes extremely clearly what effective executives all have in common. And he iterates that regardless of your personality traits, you can still run a successful company if you are an effective leader with strong leadership skills. He talks about what those skills are without a bunch of motivational fluff you see in other books. Everything in this book is valuable.

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5 out of 5 stars
By DR DEADPOOL on 16-05-17

Classic

Not only applicable in business world. Can be applied just as easily to personal life/marriage. 10/10.

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