I’m glad I read this one. Peter Drucker’s The Effective Executive provides solid principles for how to achieve results in the workplace. Here are the main points he makes.
1. Record where you spend your time. Too often we spend our time on completing tasks rather that achieving results.
2. Focus on getting results. Assume responsibility for attaining goals.
3. Focus on your strengths. Don’t waste time on addressing your weaknesses or the weaknesses of others. Focus on maximizing your strengths to achieve results.
4. Focus on priorities. Ask yourself, “What will happen if I don’t do this?” If the answer is nothing, then the task isn’t a priority.
5. Train yourself in responsible judgment. Effective decisions are opinions between two choices. Choose the best option and think through how to implement your decision throughout the organization.
Overall, I appreciate The Effective Executive because it illustrates how to achieve results, not tasks.