What Makes An Effective Executive?

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In What Makes an Effective Executive, Drucker (2011) outlines eight simple practices or rules that all effective executives follow (p. 23-24). He reminds us that during his 65-year consulting career, some of the cream of the crop executives have not exactly fit the leader stereotype who exudes charisma and charm. Rather, they are diverse with regards to their personalities, attitudes, values, strengths, and weaknesses. Harry Truman is an excellent example of this – a president who lacked charisma yet became one the most effective presidents in our history. By applying the first two practices, executives gain the knowledge they need. The first practice is to ask what needs to be done. This is all about what is urgent for the organization at the present moment – about setting priorities. After the executive completes the task at hand, he or she asks the question again. Drucker reminds the reader this is likely to generate new and different priorities (p. 25). The second practice is to ask what is right for the enterprise. The knowledge gained in these first two practices are then converted into action and the next four practices ensue (p. 28). The third practice is to write an action plan that is flexible and specifies desired results, possible constraints, and check-in points. Drucker notes when executives transform plans into action, they need to pay close attention to decision making, communication, and opportunities. The forth practice is to take

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