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
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.
The best part: He gives an clear tools to figure out what you are really capable of.
Looking forward to implementing his suggestions and seeing where it takes me.
Many complaints about the narrator, I didn't find it so bad, it's endearing after a couple of chapters. He has a slightly different sound than most, I suspect this is because if you have ever heard Peter Drucker he has a heavy accent and the publisher wanted this content to feel more authentic.
Nothing wrong here, great book. Packed full of good.
This brief essay will help you find your next job, chart a career you can enjoy, and plan for a second act, either in retirement or just as a fulfilling volunteer pursuit. It also gives great tips for anyone who is struggling with a difficult boss or co-worker.
Enlightening, thought provoking & x100 value gained vs the price of the book, it would be silly not to buy it!
"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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