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 found it informative on how to find ones best practices and strengthen. A good tool for managing your career.
If you can stand hearing this guy talk for almost an hour, then you'll probably get good use from this audio book. So unappealing, it makes it difficult for me to concentrate and automatically tune it out.
Great information a great book to start with. only 45 min of listening get your pin and paper or note app ready to take some life changing note.
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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