The Effective Executive in Action: foreword and introduction
Contents of The Effective Executive in Action
The keywords of this book are "effective" and "action."
Knowledgeable executives are plentiful; effective executives are much rarer. But executives are not being paid for knowing.
They are being paid for getting the right things done (in an unfolding world).
This is both a "what to do" and a "how to do it" book.
The format of this book was developed by my friend and colleague, Joseph A. Maciariello, who has taught my work for thirty years and knows it much better than I do.
However, the book itself should be the comments, actions, decisions, and results recorded by the individual executive using the book as his or her tool to achieve effectiveness.
Peter F. Drucker Claremont, California Fall 2005
How to Use The Effective Executive in Action
The Effective Executive in Action is a companion book to The Effective Executive.
There are five practices or skills to acquire to be an effective person. These five are
The first practice, managing your time, and the fourth practice, concentrating your efforts on the most important tasks, are twin pillars upon which effectiveness rests.
You can obtain greater quantities of every other resource except time.
Once you have eliminated time wasters the second pillar is to set priorities for the use of your time and to concentrate the application of your time to the highest priority tasks.
The remaining skills rest upon these twin pillars of time management and concentration on priorities.
To get the right things done you must learn to focus your time and effort upon the tasks that will produce results for your organization.
Next, you must learn to focus on strengths, yours, your subordinates', and your bosses'.
The last practice of effectiveness is decision making.
You will not develop into an effective person simply by reading this book.
This book provides you with opportunities to develop your skills.
Questions probe your present practices.
We suggest that you learn one skill at a time.
The teachings, moreover, have been updated to reflect the numerous writings of Peter Drucker since the publication of The Effective Executive.
In addition, the numerous sidebars in this book contain parallel readings from other works of Peter Drucker that refer more generally to each topic.
We wish you success in your pursuit of effectiveness.
Effectiveness can be learned.
See the Effective Executive in Action outline for more info
See Edward de Bono's Six Value Medals to explore the idea of scanning for the values (what's important); Six Frames for Thinking about Information; Six Thinking Hats; Six Action Shoes; and Teach Yourself to Think are useful in focusing attention on action landscape details. The project planning section in David Allen's Getting Things provides an action implementation framework. Tom Peter's Project50 provides a checklist of social landscape actions.
“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic”. — Peter Drucker
The shift from manual workers who do as they are being told — either by the task or by the boss — to knowledge workers who have to manage themselves ↓ profoundly challenges social structure …
“Managing Oneself is a REVOLUTION in human affairs.” … “It also requires an almost 180-degree change in the knowledge workers’ thoughts and actions from what most of us—even of the younger generation—still take for granted as the way to think and the way to act.” …
These pages are attention directing tools for navigating a world moving toward unimagined futures.
It may be a step forward to actively reject something (rather than just passively ignoring) and then figure out a coping plan for what you’ve rejected.
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