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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Bullock

The Effective Executive

“Converting a decision into action requires answering several distinct questions: Who has to know of this decision? What action has to be taken? Who is to take it? And what does the action have to be so that the people who have to do it can do it? The first and the last of these are too often overlooked—with dire results.”

The book offers practical guidance on how to become a highly effective executive, someone who gets what truly matters done.


1. You must focus on developing yourself first and become excellent in what you do in order to lead others by example.

2. Invest in better understanding your people's strengths and encourage them to double-down on them instead of focusing on their weaknesses. That way, they become a lot more high-performing and happy.

3. Making a decision is hard, sticking to it and executing on it is even harder. Try your best to follow through as a lot of people might depend on your decisions and your ability to execute on them.

READ IF: You understand that the devil is in the details when it comes to execution and becoming effective, not just efficient.


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