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super time manager
At the outset Drucker refers to the president of a
bank with whom he had to work as consultant for several
Druckers surprise the president was even a more
accomplished time manager.
meeting would be exactly of 90 minutes.
There would always be only one item on the agenda.
After 80 minutes Drucker had to summarize the
discussion and to outline the topic for the next session.
And within ten minutes the president would be shaking
hand with him. There
were no visitors or telephone calls to interrupt the
meeting. The secretary never stuck her head in the door announcing
some important visitor.
Only the president of the U.S.A.
or the bank presidents wife could telephone while
the meeting was in progress.
The wife knew better and never rang up.
The president rang up only in a national crisis,
which was very rare.
is an ideal way of conducting a meeting.
It illustrates a number of principles of effective
chunks of time
have no time of their time
the most precious resource
is not, and cannot be an exact science.
There are hardly any laws in management, which are
universally valid, like the law of gravitation.
But there are two golden principles, which are true
at all times. The
first concerns the proper use of ones time.
To be effective in management is to be efficient in
the use of ones time in the first place.
And this one can practice and teach oneself.
It does not require any capital investment.
It is a matter of self-discipline.
The other principle is that of integrity for which
there is no substitute in management.
need for adequate relaxation
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