When one thinks of Peter Drucker in a business setting they have one of two stereotypes: old school outdated management dude OR The Rule when it comes to business effectiveness.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

Last week was my 21st birthday, which gave me a week of complete fun and partying. I needed it. My friends surprised me by showing up two days early. I’ll be posting some pictures and you can friend me on facebook if you want to see the video I put together.

Aside from the crazy birthday week of non-stop glorious partying and fun, I’ve been reading a lot. Here are the books I’m reading and hope to review soon on this blog.

Currently Reading:

The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
The Essays of Warren Buffett by Warren Buffett

On Deck:

The Levity Effect by Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher
The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets by Peter Schiff
Full of Bull: Do what Wall Street does not what it says by Stephen McCellan

Until next time…

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