Throughout history, people had little need to manage their careers - they were born into their stations in life or, in the recent past, they relied on their companies to chart their career paths. But times have drastically changed. Today we must all learn to manage ourselves.
What does that mean? As Peter Drucker tells us in this seminal article, first published in 1999, it means we have to learn to develop ourselves. We have to place ourselves where we can make the greatest contribution to our organizations and communities. And we have to stay mentally alert and engaged during a 50-year working life, which means knowing how and when to change the work we do.
It may seem obvious that people achieve results by doing what they are good at and by working in ways that fit their abilities. But, Drucker says, very few people actually know - let alone take advantage of - their fundamental strengths.
He challenges each of us to ask ourselves, "What are my strengths? How do I perform? What are my values? Where do I belong? What should my contribution be?"
Don't try to change yourself, Drucker cautions. Instead, concentrate on improving the skills you have and accepting assignments that are tailored to your individual way of working. If you do that, you can transform yourself from an ordinary worker into an outstanding performer.
Today's successful careers are not planned out in advance. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they have asked themselves those questions and have rigorously assessed their unique characteristics.
This Audiobook has 10 Tracks. 1. Introduction. 2. What are My Strengths? 3. How Do I Perform? 4. How Do I Learn? 5. What Are My Values? 6. Where Do I Belong? 7. What Should I Contribute? 8. Responsibility for Relationships. 9. The Second Half of Your
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I've heard of Peter Drucker, this was my first actual encounter. Wow, short, sweet, insightful in just 45 minutes. Just the phrase are you a reader or a listener was immensely helpful. (Especially for us audible listeners) And the price was right.!! I've gifted it 3 times
The book was good and delivered many solid points but due to the extreme amount of hype I heard about this book it left me a bit dissatisfied. Several reviews that I read on other sites stated that Managing Oneself was life changing and now after I have heard the book I believe that the best description is that the book is simply a reaffirmation of many thoughts and principles that we all have heard before, although we may not be putting into application. Thus my opinion is that the book is overrated.
I've been through this multiple times and each time it inspires and emboldens me. This is fantastic information to apply to your life in order to achieve success and satisfaction.
The soundness of this message will stand the test of time. This is a must listen for anyone who wants to learn how to realize their fullest potential in their work and personal life. Drucker states how everyone should be there own CEO and lays out steps for one to understand themselves. Great investment of time and money!
The best info for my self development to date. Fascinating knowledge on how people learn bits given me valuable insight to the way my children respond or don't respond to direction. The section on writers or readers was the best value for me.
Short but packed full of great wisdom and insight. Many of the concepts may seem self evident, however, don't fall into the "I already know that" trap. Instead ask "am I doing that?"
Good information. Could have used this 40 years ago. At 59 years old, it's still not too late to use these principles. The fire has been re-ignited in me to improve the second half of my life.
"If you don't own it then buy it"
You would be foolish not to buy this invaluable book! Brilliant actionable insights for such a short and low cost book!
"One for the collection"
This book met my expectations in more ways than one. I own the hard copy which I read on a regular basis. Highly recommended.
"An Essential Read"
Short and effective, this book contains knowledge that can be implemented and should be implemented by people in modern society.
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