Look at this one page in five minutes to become a million times more effective

The Quick Version:

Here is a quick shortcut if you don’t have the time to read this article (even though it will take 10 mins tops)

Below is a one page summary “Mindmap” of Peter Drucker’s The Effective Executive.

Just spending five minutes reading this one pager will make you a million times more effective at work (as it has done for me). How ? You will learn:

  • You can only be effective if you understand how your role affects the company
  • You can only be effective if you understand what drives the people at your company
  • A good idea has a very short time frame – you need to act now

So here it is:

The Effective Executive – In One Page (Mindmap)

The Long Version:

I’m going to admit that I’ve always had trouble making things happen at work.

I have always had great ideas, great programs, great inventions. Why didn’t they ever catch on?

Countless articles flood the web generously offering advice for my problem, but nothing has really encapsulated what was wrong.

Enter The Effective Executive. 

Well, enter Matt Mullenweg really.

I was listening to Matt Mullenweg’s episode on Tim Ferriss’s podcast. Like many others, Tim’s podcast has become a beacon of advice to me. The book recommendations section I’ve particularly found helpful. Matt recommended Peter Drucker’s magnum opus, and I was quick to grab the Kindle version.

The Effective Executive was written in 1967. I kept thinking of that as I read it – furiously underlining (digitally) section after section after paragraph after paragraph. If this resonated so strongly with me in 2015, imagine how pivotal it would have resonated back in the 60s…

Sure, there are some limitations to the book – his paranoid views on the advent of computers, probably typical for the time, never came to fruition. (Interesting that Matt M still considers it a key influential book to him!) His views on women’s roles in executive function are equally as erm… undeveloped. And more personally, he calls Australia a ‘developing nation’ which even in the 1960’s I’d take issue to!

So what did resonate with me – why do I endorse this book?

I’ll come back to my original point:

  • You can only be effective if you understand how your role affects the company
  • You can only be effective if you understand what drives the people at your company
  • A good idea has a very short time frame – you need to act now

I’ve followed this logic recently with a key piece of work which has caught on, spread through the company and provided an exciting and integral strategy for my company. I owe it all to Peter (and Matt!)