Peter Ferdinand Drucker was one of the foremost business thinkers of the modern age and his influence is still felt to this day.
His work entitled ‘The Effective Executive’ is one of his most acclaimed works. This work is still a necessary addition for anyone that is serious about becoming more productive in his or her work environment and life.
A few salient quotes from the work are included here.
The first practice is to ask what needs to be done? Note that the question is not what do I want to do?
What is right for my enterprise?
Every success creates new opportunities. So does every failure.
Effectiveness can be learnt.
Knowledge work is defined by results.
I have never encountered an executive who remains effective while tackling more than two tasks at a time.
Knowledge is useless to executives unless it has been translated into deeds.
Eliminate the things that need not be done at all.
Without an action plan, the executive becomes a prisoner of events.
Effective executives put their best people on opportunities rather than on problems.
Doing one thing at a time means doing it fast.
The truly important events on the outside are not the trends. They are the changes in the trends. These determine ultimately the success or failure of an organization and its efforts.
Effective executives . . . do not start out with their tasks. They start out with their time. And they do not start out with planning. They start by finding out where their time actually goes.
All one has to do is to learn to say “no” if an activity contributes nothing to one’s own organization, to oneself, or to the organization for whom it is to be performed.
Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed.
The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker Audiobook
Author: Peter Drucker