Peter Drucker on effectiveness

More on being effective in 2014 — sterling advice from Peter Drucker, the consultant’s consultant, courtesy of our friends at Priority Management.

The following seems to be a summary of Drucker’s business classic “The Effective Executive”, first published in 1996 and still in print. You can find out more at Peter Drucker bio @ Wikipedia


All that effective people have in common is the ability to get the right things done. The effective people I have seen differ widely in their temperaments and abilities, in what they do and how they do it, in their personalities, their knowledge, their interests — in fact, in almost everything that distinguishes human beings. But all effective people I’ve known perform only necessary tasks and eliminate unnecessary ones. Five practices have to be acquired to be effective

  1. Work systematically… Effective people know where their time goes. They work systematically at managing the little of their time that can be brought under control.
  2. Outward contributions… Effective people focus on outward contributions.
  3. Build on strengths… Effective people build on strengths — theirs and others. They do not build on weaknesses.
  4. Stay within priorities… Effective people concentrate on superior performance where superior performance will produce outstanding results. They force themselves to stay within priorities.
  5. Make effective decisions… Effective people make effective decisions. They know that this is a system — the right steps in the right sequence. They know that to make decisions fast is to make the wrong decisions.

Whenever I have found a person who – no matter how great in intelligence, industry, imagination, or knowledge — fails to observe these practices, I have also found a person deficient in effectiveness.

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