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
passionate reader & writer
I judge the value of the book by the number of notes I take. For such a short read, it was remarkably useful and actionable. The book teaches you the importance of asking and knowing the answer to four questions: What are my strengths? How do I perform? What are my values? What should my contribution be, given the situation, my unique strengths, and my values? By applying mindfulness techniques (and this is not in the book), you can find the answers you're looking for. But you have to search.
It is handy to listen to it while on the go. The audiobook is short.
"Who Moved My Cheese" by Spencer Johnson only in that it gets to the point and teaches a valuable lesson clearly.
The narrator has an excellent voice and I enjoyed his narration greatly. This audiobook was a great value - bought for less than a dollar - and one that I recommend to everyone.
Yes. Yes. Yes. I can listen to this over and over again.
If you have a high school student in your life, send them this book. It will help them immensely with their future choices and approaches.
I've listened to this multiple times and would recommend you give it a lesson. Of course, only having 45 minutes isn't going to allow an insane amount of depth, but it still is worth listening to.
This book should be mandatory for every able bodied person to read, listen, be exposed to.
He thoroughly defines what you must look within yourself. He defines why and provides examples. I highly recommend.
"Awesome to see the benefits of living a CEO Life!"
Anyone needing to know how to reach their full potential must memorise the principles herein
"Action Orientated Content"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very actionable. Extremely captivating voice performance and life changing too
"must read to everyone!"
Quite short and to the point, exactly how a book like this shouldn've been written.
I believe this audiobook is incomplete. It last just 45min and it stop suddenly. Buy the paperback version
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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