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Becoming an Effective Executive

Course Outline

Effectiveness can be learned accordingly to Peter F. Drucker, a well known economist and a leader in business management. Knowledge workers such as engineers and architects all have the potential to become effective executives. This course will help you to get familiar with the principles essential to business effectiveness, which usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. The course is based entirely on an exceptional book entitled The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker. As an author of thirty-nine books, Drucker has had an enormous impact on shaping the modern corporations. His writings have predicted many of the major developments of the late twentieth century, including the emergence of the information society with its necessity of lifelong learning. You will learn many skills you need to become an effective executive.

The course has a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will learn:

Intended Audience

This course is designed for engineers, land surveyors, architects, contractors, or anyone who has a desire to effectively manage themselves.

Course Content

In this course, you are required to study the entire book The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker, which is available in your local library or from We also have a few copies left (used) if you happen to need one (Please call 703-478-6833 if you need a copy. It may take up to 14 days to be delivered). You may be able to find an electronic version from e-bookstores on the Internet if time is of essence (enter search phrase "The Effective Executive electronic version" in Google). For your convenience, we have summarized the important aspects of the book in the quiz section of this course.

Course Summary

The executive is paid for being effective. Therefore, it is imperative for all executives to learn how to manage themselves for effectiveness. Peter Drucker believes that effectiveness can be learned and must be earned. For over 40 years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried tens of thousands of people up the ladder of success in their careers.

Related Links

For additional information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

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Review: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.