The Effective Executive

Title: The Effective Executive. The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done.

Author: Peter F. Drucker

Editor: Harper Business

Year: 2006 (Revised Edition)

Year of first edition: 1967

Rating: 4,5 / 5

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Main topic: Guide to Getting the Right Things Done

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About The Author

Peter Ferdinand Drucker was an Austrian-born American management consultant and author, whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the Modern Business Corporation. 

Drucker's books explored how humans are organized across the business, government, and nonprofit sectors of society. He is one of the best-known and most widely influential writers on the subject of management theory and practice. His writings have predicted many of the major developments of the late twentieth century, including privatization and decentralization; the rise of Japan to economic world power; and the emergence of the information society with its necessity of lifelong learning. In 1959, Drucker coined the term "knowledge worker," and later in his life considered knowledge-worker productivity to be the next frontier of collective and/or individual management. [1]

Summary:

We included this book in our ranking because we believe that its content is useful for all those who need to better organize their work activities, as traders, investors, or managers. 

The Effective Executive was written in1966 and revised in 2006. Despite all it still retains all its relevance for the treated contents and speaks powerfully to current leadership issues. 

The author begins by stating, “Management books usually deal with managing people.

The subject of this book is managing oneself for effectiveness” (ix).  

When you start trading, the most important thing to do is not simply to do that “things get done”,

it’s to ensure the right things get done, at the right time, and in the right way.

In The Effective Executive, you’ll learn that your rule, as a trader or investor, is to set clear priorities, focus the strengths on those priorities, and make choices about what to do and what not to do in the face of uncertainty.

Throughout his seminal book, Drucker uses plain language and simple & elegant rules of thumb to learn the skills to reach the effective. 

Thanks to this book, the reader will be able to:

  • understand the value of time and better organize the activities according to it,

  • reduce non-value-added activities,

  • think first of what is right,

  • define actions needed,

  • plan his activities,

  • better solve his problems,

  • define his rules.

The book is very clear in the organization and explanation of the topics, and from our point of view, it's very easy to read. The multiple instructions and examples provided in the book make it straightforward to follow it and they amply justify the price of this masterpiece.

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[1] Source: Wikipedia