The Effective Executive

Peter F. Drucker

Overview: Drucker’s seminal work, serves as a manifesto for executives who are trying to learn how to accomplish more meaningful impacts within their companies Drucker draws from his vast experience of organizational management consulting to observe those traits that are present in all executives who perform well in his experience. He begins by walking through his five practices that he has observed in effective executives: (1) understanding their time commitments, (2) focus on contributions that face outward, (3) building on organizational and individual strengths, (4) concentrating on only a couple major areas of most benefit, and (5) making decisions. He then spends an extended period talking about how to make effective decisions.