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Book review: The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker

Reading self-development books is my favourite way of boosting productivity. It doesn’t matter if it is only a motivational kick that keeps me going for a few weeks or perhaps it introduces a new habit in my life — as long as it helps me get things done, I’m a happy man.

I heard about “The Effective Executive” by Peter F. Drucker numerous times. After reading this book, I no longer wonder why this publication is so popular. If I could recommend only one self-development book, it would be this one.

“The Effective Executive” by Peter F. Drucker “The Effective Executive” by Peter F. Drucker “The Effective Executive” by Peter F. Drucker

Even though the book was published in 1967, nothing in this book is outdated. A half of a century later, Drucker is still called The Father of Modern Management. The core principles of being an effective executive didn’t change at all — just time and tools to support us went through many iterations.

The book is focused on a few factors to help us become effective executives: time management, contribution, identifying your strengths, task prioritization and decision making. Each aspect is explained in detail, and the author helps us master them. Frankly, none of these are a thing that we are born with, but we can learn all these skills. Intelligence, knowledge and a bit of creativity are all we need.

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