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In 1967, Peter Drucker, the father of modern management, published The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done. Drucker’s best-selling work, which codified business productivity, remains a revered, popular classic. Some of Drucker’s concepts, however, are more traditional than modern. Productivity consultant Laura Stack takes up where Drucker left off, offering a fresh perspective in her updated supplement to Drucker’s indispensable manual. She presents three “T’s” of leadership – “strategic thinking, team focus and tactical work” – as the organizing rubric for 12 critical management goals. Stack details why and how modern executives must operate in “efficient and effective” ways. getAbstract recommends her update to all executives – a category, she says, that includes anyone who makes important decisions.

About the Author

Laura Stack founded The Productivity Pro consultancy. Her other books include What To Do When There’s Too Much To Do and Execution Is the Strategy.



“Efficient and Effective”

Today’s executives must operate effectively to achieve results and must use resources efficiently in reaching their goals. To attain these standards, executives should follow the credo: “Once you know you’re spending time on the right things…focus on doing them right.”

In his classic book The Effective Executive, Peter Drucker (1909-2005) listed necessary “habits of the mind” – or “effectiveness practices.” He advised knowing how to spend your time and controlling how you spend it, concentrating on results, leveraging your strengths, prioritizing work-related tasks and making results-oriented decisions.

To become and remain effective and efficient, executives should make 12 vital practices the core of their management approach. These 12 practices are organized according to the “3T leadership roles” of “strategic thinking, team focus” and “tactical work.”

Part I: Strategic Thinking

Strategic thinking calls for identifying your intended outcomes and planning your activities around achieving those goals. Take advantage of your organization’s structure while striving to improve it.

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    D. P. 3 years ago

    The final paragraph from the abstract suggests the author of the abstract is still locked into 20th century culture. Maybe they should read the book! 'Long Hours, High Stress' is a sign of "Doing the Wrong things Wrong".
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    j. w. 3 years ago
    #30DaysOfSummaries Everyone can learn from this article, the points are reasonable.
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    S. L. 3 years ago
    A good summary like this helps to focus on what's important. A reminer of what Drucker originally wrote, but more succinct and suits today's business context
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    K. S. 3 years ago
    #30Daysof Summaries This list is so comprehensive in what we need to do, but somewhere I feel the how could be elaborated. Many times, we read great books on what, but then the How isn't there for us to kickstart.
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    A. A. 3 years ago
    I have nothing but sincerest respect for this management guru. I think where he failed in all his life's work is in creating a true heir/ successor for his work. Inside Drucker's Brain hints at the supposedly last minute attempt at correcting this oversight.
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    S. M. 3 years ago
    I have read many books and watched many webinars, etc. it was great to see I am doing most of these things, but now I should look to implement the others. It also reminds me that I still need the excellent executive by Peter Drucker #30DaysofSummaries
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    C. P. 3 years ago
    When I read these types of management guidelines I really like how it is broken down into the separate skills. However, I often miss that each situation and environment is different and may require a more tailor made approach, especially when I think about the Asian business culture. Nonetheless, it would be great to be the master of all these 12 concerns. #30DaysOfSummaries
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    D. H. 3 years ago
    The summary covers a lot of ground around leading and managing. It seems to me that the book has more of the "what" that needs to be done and a bit of why ...not sure if the "how" is covered as comprehensively . To be efficient and effective, I think we need all the three working together-why, what and how. The summary seems good !
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    S. F. 3 years ago
    a useful update which bring into context the ideas Drucker put forward half a century ago. The concept of leadership has evolved team work is becoming increasingly important