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Drucker on Action Plans


“Without an action plan the executive becomes a prisoner of events.” – Peter Drucker

This is from a timeless Drucker article that appeared in HBR 2004, “What Makes an Effective Executive”.

“What made [leaders] effective is that they followed the same eight practices:

  • They asked, “What needs to be done?”
  • They asked, “What is right for the enterprise?”
  • They developed action plans.
  • They took responsibility for decisions.
  • They took responsibility for communicating.
  • They were focused on opportunities rather than problems.
  • They ran productive meetings.
  • They thought and said “we” rather than “I.””