What makes an effective executive?
The measure of the executive, Peter F. 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.
Ranging widely through the annals of business and government, Peter F. Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.
This 1966 classic by management guru Peter F. Drucker discusses how to manage yourself in order to be productive, in contrast to the many business books that teach you how to manage other people. Success for both individuals and organizations depends on effectiveness. Other qualities like talent, intelligence, knowledge, and hard work are pointless without it.
According to Drucker, anyone can pick up the five skills necessary for effectiveness: time management, narrowing your focus to a few essential activities, creating a unique contribution, leveraging your abilities, and making wise decisions. He describes how to apply these strategies, which have been useful for more than 50 years despite changes in organizations and technology.
It is more productive to convert an opportunity into results than to solve a problem - which only restores the equilibrium of yesterday.