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A Year with Peter Drucker - 52 Weeks of Coaching for Leadership Effectiveness by Joseph A. Maciariello

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Week 9

Organize Work for Effectiveness

Introduction

Drucker, in The Effective Executive (pp. 25–26), argues, “Effective executives know that time is the limiting factor” of effectiveness. For a given day, week, month, year, etc., it is a fixed quantity and we all have the same amount. Therefore, we should attempt to plan our time, making sure that our most important tasks are done first, and—as much as possible—resist pressures to engage in multitasking. Both empirical evidence and common practice confirm that multitasking reduces our overall effectiveness.

In other words, we should plan our time, since it is our most limiting factor, and we should fit our tasks into our available time. Put another way, we should “cut the pattern to fit the ...

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