The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done
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In conjunction with their Business Book of The Year Award, The Financial Times is asking the question: "What is the best book of all time? " They solicited suggestions from a wide variety of business executives, including GE's Jeff Immelt and Ebay's Meg Whitman. The editorial staff then created a short list using the same criterea as their yearly awards. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
U. S. News and World Report has a huge special report on the Best Business Books. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Saturday's Wall Street Journal had a list of the five blue-chip business management books. The list was compiled by Ken Roman, a former advertising executive. I think it is one of the best lists I have seen. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
In Jeffrey Krames October 2008 Portfolio book called Inside Drucker's Brain--based on an all day one-on-one visit with the Drucker shortly before he died--he asked Drucker about his books, among other things. Drucker told me what he felt were his most important books. The first one was no surprise, but one or two if the others were. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Since his death in November 2005, a number of people have written about their experiences with the late Peter Drucker. William Cohen wrote his book A Class with Drucker about his experience as the first graduate of the doctoral program at Claremont under Drucker's watch. Jeffrey Krames wrote his ode Inside Drucker's Brain last year and shared the experience of a day-long interview with the management guru. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Bob Adams at 27 gen has written a series of posts on books he liked from The 100 Best Business Books of All Time and how they apply to church leadership. His first post is about our book and Drucker's Effective Executive. His other books include: Purple Cow - blog post / book link Six Thinking Hats - blog post / book link Leading Change - blog post / book link Why We Buy - blog post (with additional here , here, and here) / book link Little Red Book of Selling - blog post / book link He ends his last post by saying: That's my quick look at "The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Inc. Magazine is celebrating 30 years of publication this month and as a part of their coverage have put together "The Business Owner's Bookshelf" - 30 books people running small businesses should read. Here is the list in its entirety: Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk, by Peter Bernstein (1996) The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything, by Guy Kawasaki (2004) The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, by Marc Levinson (2006) Brand New: How Entrepreneurs Earned Consumers' Trust from Wedgwood to Dell, by Nancy F. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
Kevin Ashton, author of How to Fly a Horse, talks about the books that inspired him, and the authors he loves. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
The 50th Anniversary of Peter Drucker's seminal book is being released today. READ FULL DESCRIPTION
A handsome, commemorative edition of Peter F. Drucker's timeless classic work on leadership and management, with a foreword by Jim Collins.
What makes an effective executive?
For decades, Peter F. Drucker was widely regarded as "the dean of this country's business and management philosophers" (Wall Street Journal). In this concise and brilliant work, he looks to the most influential position in management--the executive.
The measure of the executive, Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.
Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can--and must--be mastered:
- Managing time;
- Choosing what to contribute to the organization;
- Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect;
- Setting the right priorities;
- Knitting all of them together with effective decision-making
Ranging across the annals of business and government, Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.