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Managing Oneself (Harvard Business Review Classics) 1st Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
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"
How about the reverse happen in this book? The information packed in this 'so called' pamphlet is more compelling than many of the other books I've read.
To put a value on what's inside versus the weight, size and color of the book is simply mesmerizing to me.
Every single person I know, needs to read this book; if only to understand certain traits of every facts of life.
It was very inspiring, deliberate and quite frankly, to the point. The book allows one to take from it what they will. Whether or not one uses that influence is up to themselves.
I see the "one star' voters as people who expect too much for the price they paid.
But, to be totally honest, I got a HELLUVA lot more out of it than my investment!
I hope this helps. Don't be skeptical. Be true to yourself. You'll thank yourself in the long run...if you're still running.
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Excellent book, great for future reference. No fluff and straight to the point. Loved it.Published 3 days ago by Nanyamka Sewell
This is a classic from Peter Drucker. The book is tight and focusses on learning about yourself and accepting others strengths rather than weaknesses. Read morePublished 4 days ago by DR CR SRIDHAR
Great book. Read this while my flight was delayed the other morning. Easy read and great golden nuggets.Published 4 days ago by Marcelo
I thought this little gem was packed with eye-opening common sense. It is timeless. It is authentically true. It is needed today more than ever. Read morePublished 6 days ago by D. Smith
This book is jammed packed with a bunch of knowledge, and it's knowledge you need to know. This book talks about the importance of managing yourself, and how you need to build on... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sage
It was quick, concise, and in only about 50 pages told me a lot about how to manage my affairs into the future by understanding myself.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Possibly the most important thing to do in life is learn the best techniques for managing oneself ... Read morePublished 14 days ago by MeriBrite
This is an age of unprecedented opportunities - but with great opportunities comes great responsibilities. This quote from the book kind of sums it up. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Augustus