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Managing Oneself (Harvard Business Review Classics) Paperback – December 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1422123126 ISBN-10: 142212312X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142212312X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422123126
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Drucker was a writer, teacher, and consultant. His thirty-four books have been published in more than seventy languages. He founded the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, and counseled thirteen governments, public services institutions, and major corporations.

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Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) was considered the top management thinker of his time. He authored over 25 books, with his first, The End of Economic Man published in 1939. His ideas have had an enormous impact on shaping the modern corporation. One of his most famous disciples alive today is Jack Welch. He was a teacher, philosopher, reporter and consultant.

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Kroese on January 16, 2002
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Peter F. Drucker, born in 1918, is probably the 20st Century's greatest management thinker. He was Professor at New York University and currently teaches at the Graduate Management School of Claremont University, California. Drucker is the authors of numerous books and award-winning articles. This article was published in the March-April 1999 issue of the Harvard Business Review.
Today, knowledge workers outlive organisations and are mobile. The need to manage oneself is therefore creating a revolution in human affairs. Drucker gives advise on the management of ourselves. We need to ask ourselves the following questions: What are my strengths?; How do I perform?; What are my values? The authors provides advise on how to answer these questions> Once these questions are answered we need to find out where we belong and what we should contribute. According to Drucker, "we will have to place ourselves where we can make the greatest contribution." But because we need to work with others we also need to take responsibility for our relationships. This requires us to accept other people as much as individuals as ourselves and take responsibility for communication. The author also identifies that most knowledge workers are not "finished" after 40 years on the job, "they are merely bored". He identifies three ways to develop a second career: (1) start one; (2) develop a parallel career; or (3) be a social entrepreneur. And managing the second half of your life requires you to begin with it before you enter it.
Great article by the Master of Management on how we can manage ourselves. He recognizes the latest trend whereby knowledge workers are outliving organizations which result in them having/creating second careers.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Munawar Ali on February 2, 2008
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On par with George Leonards "Mastery", this is one of those books that you can set your career too. 50 Pages of high level information on obvious, common sense aspects to career building, that most of us forget, or never focus on.

I couldn't put this one down, and gleamed much wisdom from it. I would almost call this book "Drucker's personal insight on how to manage your life"
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Simon on July 4, 2009
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Drucker is one of the bests at challenge his readers to a new way of thinking. I know I read this article several times already and will refer to it again.

I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Emil B on May 16, 2009
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This is not a book in the true sense, but an article printed in form of a small book. The size should not diminish in any way the quality of the writing. This is a small gem that one has a look at in a time of reflection. If you read it you will learn something from it because it has that ability to stir your mind and discover a fresh view.

In essence the principles of self management are: know your own strength, know how you perform (method of learning and delivery) and personal values. You also have to know where you belong. This seems simple but it is difficult to realise that knowledge in practice.

One other aspect discussed in this book is the question of personal contribution that you bring to the organisation, a favourite topic for Peter Drucker. Following from that, it is interesting to consider one's responsibility for managing the relationship with others.

Finally, I found valuable the consideration for a career in the second life half. Now that I read that it makes sense to me. The discourse is short, sharp and practical. I think it is very useful for people who consider a second career in their life as a planned venture not as a move to better employment opportunities

Overall, great article, but I give it four stars because it is not a book. It should be made clear in the introduction somewhere that it is just that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Mcdermott on December 12, 2008
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Any community or organization, any family, village or town choosing one book that would make life a little bit better for every resident, employee, citizen or member should pick this book. It is short, it is instructive without being preachy. Drucker is a bit of a grouch and a bit of a wise granddad. Harvard, being Harvard, doesn't discount this book on amazon. Too bad, because they should. If you read this book and kept it to heart, practiced it in your life and helped others to do the same, you would easily replace Harvard Business School and a good deal of its B.A.. It's so good, I'm surprised they don't charge twice as much so they can protect their overrated institutions even more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm77 on August 25, 2012
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My title sounds paradoxical. What I learned from Mr. Drucker's pamplet is that we all must be responsible for our career paths. Instead of seeing ourselves as employee for ABC, Inc., we should focus on gaining skills, and most importantly, know who we are as individuals. Too many people today let other people dictate what they should do in their careers. Is it any wonder we see people "going postal" at their jobs. Just look at what happened in New York City on Friday. A man hunts down his former employer and shoots him dead!?!?!

Granted situations like Friday's murder are rare. But I believe if people would see themselves as independent contractors, they wouldn't see their employers as an extention of mommy or daddy.
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