When one thinks of Peter Drucker in a business setting they have one of two stereotypes: old school outdated management dude OR The Rule when it comes to business effectiveness.

I’m somewhere in the middle. I just read the late Peter Drucker’s “The Effective Executive“. It’s a great book, but it is step backward from more recent business books that build off of this base. I did take some very important lessons from the book. Some of the most important are:

  • Eliminate time wasters
  • Ask: What can be outsourced?
  • How do people waste your time, how do you waste theirs? How can you stop?
  • Work in 1 and a half hour blocks with no distractions.
  • Being well-rounded is a sign of mediocrity
  • Effective people play strength, and look for strengths in others
  • Know weaknesses but don’t exploit them
  • Create well designed systems for efficiency
  • Put First things First. Ask: What is most important?

Those are just a few of the principles that I found most useful. Drucker also talks about decision making and developing action plans, which is an essential part of being a “effective executive”. This book is great for people who are part of a corporation or own a business. Given that the book is less than 200 pages and is the foundation for almost every management book today, I say read it!

For more recent titles that skip and build off the basics I liked Tribal Leadership by David Logan and of course The Seven Habits by Stephen Covey.

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