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"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

Great

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

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Great story with many gems

This book was so short yet so great!

Put it on three times speed and devour this book as quickly as possible!

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Short and insightful

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.

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Great Short Read!

It was great, well written from an effective leader. good insight in a really quick way.

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Required listening for everyone, every year

Would you consider the audio edition of Managing Oneself to be better than the print version?

It is handy to listen to it while on the go. The audiobook is short.

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

"Who Moved My Cheese" by Spencer Johnson only in that it gets to the point and teaches a valuable lesson clearly.

Which character – as performed by uncredited – was your favorite?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Yes. Yes. I can listen to this over and over again.

Any additional comments?

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.

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This where you should start reading before other book

Pick up this one and listen to it many times
This should be revisited on monthly bases or every four months once at least

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very insightful

but i would of like him to go more in-depth on some of the subject matter

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Short but impactful

Teaches you to focus on what you're good at, how you perform & your values.

It's basically a guide to help you be the best that you can be at work. It's geared towords people working in organozationa but it's applicable to all knowledge workers.

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Highly recommend

great book to read its like a manual book in actually managing one self loved it

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A great introduction into finding oneself

I have been asked to read this book for years and never got around to it. My mother suggested it to me as well as countless other entrepreneurs and CEOs. I think it's great for anyone regardless of your background whether in corporate or an entrepreneur. I highly suggest this as it is quick and painless and is filled with perfect anecdotes

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  • Ryan Grant
  • 12-28-16

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

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  • Boomy Tokan
  • 11-02-16

Action Orientated Content

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very actionable. Extremely captivating voice performance and life changing too

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  • Rafal
  • 05-26-16

must read to everyone!

Quite short and to the point, exactly how a book like this shouldn've been written.

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  • Jason
  • 02-29-16

Incomplete audiobook

I believe this audiobook is incomplete. It last just 45min and it stop suddenly. Buy the paperback version

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  • citizenade
  • 09-01-15

Really insightful

This book is really insightful, the production is not the best but a very good book highly recommended.

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  • M. Millward
  • 03-28-15

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!

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  • Mr
  • 03-25-15

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.

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  • Kane
  • 02-10-15

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-17

Wow, loved it.

I now know how much I don't know myself. I have some work to do.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-20-16

The content is so relevant even today. Amazing.

Fantastic piece of work by Mr. Druker. A true masterpiece. Would help any knowledge workers.

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  • Emmanuel
  • 08-27-16

True back then, Truer now.

Peter Drucker saw long ago where we were headed and he did his best to prepare us for it. This small book contains great insights into what we need to even begin to be anyone of worth in the new Knowledge worker age.

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  • Tom Reilly
  • 02-17-15

Mind BLOWN!!

A quick read/listen book that is a really thought provoking. It definitely makes you reevaluate your life, in all aspects.

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