What qualities make an executive? How are they different from other personnel at a company? We continue our Leadership Hall of Fame series, a year-long look at the top business books and authors, with an excerpt from the seminal book on management, "The Effective Executive" (1967) by the late Peter F. Drucker.
Microsoft recently announced they were planning to open up retail stores ala Apple near the latter company's existing locations. Leading the charge is former Wal-Mart merchandising guru David Porter, who was hired on as Redmond's VP of retail stores -- and by his side will be none other than George Blankenship, Apple's former real estate chief.