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Managing Oneself (Harvard Business Review Classics) 1st Edition

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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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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Press; 1 edition (January 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142212312X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422123126
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (332 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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It's completely amazing how the people who rated this a 1 star are perplexed with the simplicity that it is only 72 pages and "no bigger than an Iphone". In hind sight, and after writing that last sentence, I guess it doesn't amaze me. Simple minds. One reviewer nailed it on the head when he/she stated that a book 375 pages (as per a reviewer) could have been shortened down in 10 pages or so along those lines.
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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A small book with volumes of valuable information. I feel like not a page was wasted in the writing of this book. I use sticky notes to replace highlighters and my book looks like it came with fringe. Not a book for the minion; a book for those who want to grow and succeed. As a military member, where the average career cap is 20 years, I felt this book was particularly useful in the area of career transition.
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