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As an author and an intellectual, the late Peter F. Drucker was a true business sage. Recognized as the father of modern management, Drucker forecast numerous pivotal trends, including decentralization, privatization and the development of the information society. He introduced the concept of the “knowledge worker,” a term he employs widely in this fascinating book. Each Drucker book is a genuine business classic, including this one. He delves into detail about what managers should accomplish and how they should conceptualize their role. getAbstract believes it will help you think productively about what you do. No one writes more intelligently or presciently on management and its functions than Drucker. All executives, even those who are already effective, will benefit from reading this informative, enlightening book.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why an executive must be effective
  • What five habits you should develop to become a more productive manager
  • Why society depends on successful organizations and the executives who make them so

About the Author

Peter F. Drucker was a management consultant and writer. His 39 books and numerous articles discuss how humans organize themselves in business, government and the nonprofit arena. Drucker died in 2005.



You Can Teach Yourself to Become Effective

You cannot manage others if you cannot manage yourself. For the executive – the ultimate “knowledge worker” – this means managing your own effectiveness. This is not a complicated task. It involves adopting a few specific practices and five pivotal habits. Being effective is a linchpin requirement for any executive. An ineffective executive is an imposter – a leader in name only. To become more productive, use these eight practices:

  1. Focus on what needs doing – Often, this may differ from what you want to do. Tend to only one or two tasks at any given time. Delegate the others.
  2. Make sure your actions benefit your organization – Are you doing the best thing for your enterprise? The organization is what counts, not the “owners, the stock price, the employees or the executives.”
  3. Create an action plan – Knowledge, wisdom and expertise are useless without action. However, action without a plan is counterproductive. Your action plan represents your intentions, not your commitments. Be ready to change if circumstances warrant it. Periodically check your plan...

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    Mavel Custodio 10 months ago
    I love the learnings from this summary! This excites me to deal every opportunity where I can practice the guidance I learned from this book.
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    Anthony Haick 10 months ago
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    Abulsalam Ali 11 months ago
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    Wendy Nicholls 1 year ago
    A good summary. I also believe that an executive’s purpose includes being an inspiration to, and empowering others.
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    LARAY FRAZIER 1 year ago
    #getLearning #getAbstract.
    Love this abstract. Its now on my must Read again and again list.
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    Gboyega Olorunfemi 1 year ago
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    I have engaged Peter Drucker on management analytics and nuggets and his concept appeals to me often. I picked the keywords used to demonstrate the quincunx habits: Know Thy Time, What Can I Contribute?, Making Strength Productive, First Things First and Decision Making as giving great insight and originality to the thoughts required to be effective and be the knowledge worker. Peter Drucker drew my strength through his context of the eight practices and the mention of the criterion of relevance was an eye opener to further understand why everything depend on individual in this regards – understanding true nobility. The judgments is in the relevance of subject matter from the time of publication till now. Thank you Drucker,
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    Aik Kia Khaw 1 year ago
    This is a classic management & leadership book. I would like to share another philosophy from Peter Drucker, he believed that management is doing things right, this is about efficiency; while leadership is doing the right things, this is about effectiveness. If a leader can do the right things right, he would be effectively efficient.
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    Beth Silverman Hymowitz 1 year ago
    What is truly amazing about this book is that it was published over 12 years ago and it is still valuable to executives. Peter Drucker is well known for his management consulting books and is read by many. I actually will propose this book to my manager, a growing executive in our company.

    Sounds like a great book for any executive!
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      Nalinda Karunaratna 12 months ago
      Hey Beth, it is actually first published in 1966, many many decades ago, that's why it is a great book and it shows vision of Peter Drucker. Also Dr. Drucker passed away 2005.
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    chenxin zhang 1 year ago
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    Rahul Shah 1 year ago
    Great read. Excellent summery for the upcoming young executives.
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    John Luck 1 year ago
    Good book..
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    Daniel Melendrez 2 years ago
    Great read for a developing executive!
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    Pat Brigger 2 years ago
    Even after 10 years of publication, an outstanding read!
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    Lars Viebrock 3 years ago
    Definitely one of the most important books for leaders, ever to hit the shelves.
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    Antonio Abreu 3 years ago
    An excellent summary for executive success! Thank you.
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    Henri Tarpila 3 years ago
    Excellent summary of a great book!
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    Rudi Janse van Rensburg 4 years ago
    Excellent Read