Managing Oneself (Harvard Business Review Classics)

February 4, 2018 - Comment

We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: with ambition, drive, and talent, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession regardless of where you started out. But with opportunity comes responsibility. Companies today aren’t managing their knowledge workers careers. Instead, you must be your own chief executive officer. That means it’s up

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We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: with ambition, drive, and talent, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession regardless of where you started out. But with opportunity comes responsibility. Companies today aren't managing their knowledge workers careers. Instead, you must be your own chief executive officer. That means it's up to you to carve out your place in the world and know when to change course. And it's up to you to keep yourself engaged and productive during a career that may span some 50 years. In Managing Oneself, Peter Drucker explains how to do it. The keys: Cultivate a deep understanding of yourself by identifying your most valuable strengths and most dangerous weaknesses; Articulate how you learn and work with others and what your most deeply held values are; and Describe the type of work environment where you can make the greatest contribution. Only when you operate with a combination of your strengths and self-knowledge can you achieve true and lasting excellence. Managing Oneself identifies the probing questions you need to ask to gain the insights essential for taking charge of your career. Peter Drucker was a writer, teacher, and consultant. His 34 books have been published in more than 70 languages. He founded the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, and counseled 13 governments, public services institutions, and major corporations.

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Cameron says:

A good article, a bad book If you’re like me, you were recommended this book by Tai Lopez. If that’s the case, why are you reading reviews? (I.e., don’t listen to just anyone.)This “book” isn’t actually a book. It’s a reprinting of an article published in Harvard Business Review January 2005, which I realized I had laying around the house! I read that first, then when I opened this book was rather shocked to realize it was an exact reprint stretched from 10 magazine pages to 50 in 24+ pt font…

plspom says:

Wise words for everyday self awareness I have long been a Drucker fan. In this book he shows how and why managing oneself is so hard, yet important. Nothing new, but we see famous people tripped up every day by a failure to grasp simple truths. One insight: are you a reader or a listener? That’s critical to know for a leader, manager or worker in an information-based economy.It takes about an hour to listen to the Audible version, which is how I received this. The voice was a bit pompous, but the content offers good…

Justin says:

Great knowledge Good book with simple to understand and meaningful information. However I do wish the book was longer. It did seem to end abruptly.That said, this is a book I will read again to remind myself of the knowledge it contains

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