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  • The Effective Executive Part 2

    An executive’s focus on contribution by itself is a powerful force in developing people. People adjust to the level of the demands made on them. This executive raises the sights and standards of everyone working for him.

    We continue our examination of, The Effective Executive, by Peter Drucker. Drucker illustrates that really good executives encompass a range of skills and characteristics, but it comes down to the “contribution” that the executive can make to move the organization forward.

    1.      An executive’s focus on contribution by itself is a powerful force in developing people. People adjust to the level of the demands made on them. The executive, who sets his sights on contribution, raises the sights and standards of everyone whom he works.

    2.      The most common cause of executive failure is inability or unwillingness to change with the demands of a new position.

    3.      Effective executives find themselves asking other people in the organization, their superiors, their subordinates, but above all, their colleagues in other areas; “What contribution from me do you require to make your contribution to the organization? When do you need this, how do you need it, and in what form?”

    4.      The focus of contribution by itself supplies the four basic requirements of effective human relations; communications, teamwork, self-development, and development of others.

    5.      The effective executive makes strength productive; He knows that one cannot build on weakness.

    6.      Effective executives never ask “How does he get along with me?” Their question is “What does he contribute, what does he do uncommonly well?”

    7.      Effective executives know that they have to start with what a man can do rather than what the job requires. They must do their thinking about people long before the decision on filling a job has to be made, and independently of it.

    8.      The effective executive knows that that to get strength one has to put up with weakness.

    Good luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals
    calvin.wilson1@verizon.net
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