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
I enjoy this audiobook it is really short but came with tons of suggestions to get better in life and carrier, it feels short but in fact you'll spend couple times listening again and again ...
Three aspects of personality are highlighted in the book: Understand (1) Your Strengths (2) How you learn, and (3) Your Values. Lots of examples. Would have appreciated a framework to identify, and achieve the above three.
in my top 10
when drucker speaks about how managing oneself is not a one time occurrence, you have to stay at it and be mindful enough to catch what your habits and behaviors in action.
i have not
the fact that people learn differently at first struck me as amazing, then dwelling on the issue and listening to his explanation just opened my eyes to different ways of learning that i have not fully explored before.
great book to read at least once a year.
Seems like this book was written in 15 minutes, seems more like a blog that a book.
Info packed short book, timeless classic, start here. short enough to listen to in a normal commute, a good foundation to a productive day.
This book is really insightful, the production is not the best but a very good book highly recommended.
"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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