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Managing Oneself | [Peter F Drucker]

Managing Oneself

Today's successful careers are not planned out in advance. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they have asked themselves the right questions and have rigorously assessed their unique characteristics. This article challenges listeners to take responsibility for managing their futures, both in and out of the office.
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Publisher's Summary

"Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves - their strengths, their values, and how they best perform." -Peter F. Drucker

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

©1999 Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP); (P)2008 No Hassle Inc.

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    Paul Fresno, CA, USA 05-29-08
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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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    tory 01-15-15
    tory 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    I took copious notes and I'm going to be applying a lot of his outlook into my life!
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    Luis Fanego 01-14-15
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    "Put your big boy pants on"

    You are a knowledge worker so keep a copy on audiobook to listen once a month. Live a better you and don't forget to breath, laugh and smile.

    -ComedicWisdom

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    Alex 01-13-15
    Alex 01-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "All of life's greatest answers must be a question"

    A bit too short but you will get a few basic questions that need an honest answer from you when making a career.

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    Marcin Bagsik Gliwice 10-22-14
    Marcin Bagsik Gliwice 10-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I never considered before this reading, am I a reader or a listener person. Knowing how big influence it may have for personal and profesional life, it is very valuable question.


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    Where does Managing Oneself rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    so far this is the only audio book i have listened to and I thoroughly enjoyed it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were no characters. Just narration about self-help information and wisdom.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This is a self-help book and biography of sorts. Peter Drucker has great information that will help you better yourself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I particularly liked how the narrator went from point to point and explained them with clarity. This audio book was great. Not too long. I went for an hour walk and finished the whole thing in that time. Killed two birds with one stone and got a lot out of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to better themselves. Especially pertaining to their career lives and potential success in life in general. Great skills and tips that are transferable.

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    Gabe west jordan, UT, United States 12-27-12
    Gabe west jordan, UT, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great listen"

    Fantastic, good speaker, many good ideas that are noteworthy made me look into the authors other works.

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    What did you love best about Managing Oneself?

    Brilliant. To the point.


    What other book might you compare Managing Oneself to and why?

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    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

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    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it.

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    Martin Toronto, ON, Canada 09-24-10
    Martin Toronto, ON, Canada 09-24-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Well channelled ;)"

    Deaver does a great job of conveying Peter's material.

    Material - that you should manage your career - is convincing, with a takeaway of some questions to answer. Doesn't fully explain how to answer those questions, but the questions are in themselves useful.

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    PC User 58 06-13-10
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    "Honest and eye opening"

    Not many talks about managing your career. This audio book is a very good eye-opener.

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