The Effective Executive – Oh My God! What a striking force, Peter Drucker starts this book with! I could feel its power piercing through my impervious grey layers, right from its first paragraph in Preface. It reads like this:
“Management books usually deal with managing other people. The subject of this book is managing oneself for effectiveness.”
From knowing what one is supposed to do to managing one’s time, setting priorities, making decisions, (delegating) finding the right people to execute the decisions, conducting effective meetings and communicating for results, The Effective Executive covers every aspect of effectiveness in the life of an executive and a knowledge worker.
With right mix of anecdotes and ready-to-use prescriptions, this book will save each one of us precious years and painful effort, in learning how to get right things done and achieve the results that we hope for.
Here are a few lines that I savored from this book, which I am sure, will strike a chord with you.
- “Intelligence, imagination and knowledge are essential resources, but only effectiveness converts them into results. By themselves, they only set limits to what can be attained.”
- “There are few things less pleasing to the Lord, and less productive, than an engineering department that rapidly turns out beautiful blueprints for the wrong product. Working on the right things is what makes knowledge work effective.”
- “Good executives focus on opportunities rather than problems. … effective executives treat change as an opportunity”
- “Decisions are made at every level of the organization. … Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.”
- “I have never encountered an executive who remains effective while tackling more than two tasks at a time.”
- “Without an action plan, the executive becomes a prisoner of events.”
But what hit me as the most powerful lesson was this gem on managing time (I am taking the liberty to borrow from Darious Foroux’s nice article in ‘The Medium’ – Know Thy Time: Peter Drucker’s Strategy To Become More Effective)
I cannot stop wondering at the relevance of this brilliant insight to my own life, from this precious possession and a must read for every one – The Effective Executive