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5.0 out of 5 stars Principles of the effective knowledge worker, 7 Nov. 2009
This review is from: The Effective Executive (Classic Drucker Collection) (Paperback)
Some books, while brief, offer deep insights. This is such a book. Written in 1967, the examples the author draws on feel old and, on my first reading, I did not find the author's style particularly pleasant or easy to follow. The book's material however is as relevant now -if not more so- as when it was first published. It is important not to be distracted by the term "executive" in the title: Mr. Drucker writes about the need for effective "knowledge workers" inside an -any type of- organisation, not just the people at the top, as could be implied by the term executive, but those who are "responsible for actions and decisions which are meant to contribute to the performance capacity of [their] organisation". The author first makes the point that effectiveness can be learned and highlights five practices or habits that make an "executive" effective. Each of the practices is then clearly laid out and articulated in its own chapter.
This book is really about the self-development (through those five practices) of the "knowledge worker" and Mr Drucker motivation for writing about this must have been, at least in part, his view that the modern society depends critically on large-scale organisations for its survival and his perception that effectiveness in executives was vital to those large-scale organisations effectiveness but also to "their [organisations] performances and results, values, standards, and self-demands".
"The effective Executive" is a very worthwhile read, Mr Drucker goes to the heart of the matter with pleasant concision and, in hindsight -having read this twice only recently, many writings posterior to his on the same topic only tackle a fraction or refine on just a few of the principles laid out by the author.
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