Summary of Doing the Right Things Right

How the Effective Executive Spends Time

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Doing the Right Things Right book summary
Productivity consultant Laura Stack offers how-to advice in this update of Peter Drucker’s 1967 classic, The Effective Executive.


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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.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why executives must be “efficient and effective”
  • How to manage the “3T” leadership roles of “strategic thinking, team focus and tactical work,”
  • How to carry out an executive’s 12 most vital practices in these three areas


“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...
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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.

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