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HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself (with bonus article "How Will You Measure Your Life?" by Clayton M. Christensen) Kindle Edition

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“All in all, this is an excellent collection of insights by business people and writers on business subjects, particularly on management. Get it and benefit from it.” — Biz India

“The organization of the boxes is superb and very helpful to the reader… relevant to overworked and overstressed employees seeking ways to take charge of themselves to perform better and develop a work-life balance.” – Portland Book Review

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HBR's 10 Must Reads paperback series is the definitive collection of books for new and experienced leaders alike. Leaders looking for the inspiration that big ideas provide, both to accelerate their own growth and that of their companies, should look no further.

HBR's 10 Must Reads series focuses on the core topics that every ambitious manager needs to know: leadership, strategy, change, managing people, and managing yourself. Harvard Business Review has sorted through hundreds of articles and selected only the most essential reading on each topic. Each title includes timeless advice that will be relevant regardless of an ever-changing business environment.

Classic ideas, enduring advice, the best thinkers: HBR's 10 Must Reads.

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  • File Size: 5798 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (January 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G5ZJE2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Harvard Business Review is the leading destination for smart management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, 13 international licensed editions, books from Harvard Business Review Press, and digital content and tools published on HBR.org, Harvard Business Review provides professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.

Harvard Business Review Press is a leading global book publisher and a division of the Harvard Business Review Group. HBR Press publishes for the general, professional, and academic markets on the topics of leadership, strategy, innovation, and management. Recent bestselling titles include Playing to Win, A Sense of Urgency, Conscious Capitalism, The First 90 Days, and HBR Must Reads on Leadership. For more information, please visit hbr.org/books.

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Thales was an ancient Greek philosopher and one of the group of philosophers known as the Seven Sages. When he was asked what was easy, he replied, "To give advice." And when asked what was difficult, he said, "To know thyself." I would add that even after you have a fairly good idea of who you are, actually managing yourself still requires quite a bit of effort. But if you are looking for a great resource to assist you in knowing yourself and then managing yourself, this is one of the best you will find.

It is so appropriate that the first chapter On Managing Yourself is written by Peter Drucker and the focus is on knowing yourself. "One cannot build performance on weaknesses, let alone on something one cannot do at all." You need to understand your strengths - what you are good at - and focus your efforts on improving your strengths.

"Do not try to change yourself - you are unlikely to succeed. But work to improve the way you perform. And try not to take on work you cannot perform or will only perform poorly."

The book contains ten chapters - a collection of articles written by world renown thought leaders - on what it takes to effectively manage yourself. Each chapter covers a different lesson or concept. In each chapter there is a summary of the concept, called "Idea in Brief" and a short summary of how to implement the idea, called "Idea in Practice." Both summaries are very helpful as refresher but should not be used in lieu of reading the entire chapter.

The ten chapters cover everything you need to know/do to effectively manage yourself. Chapter two deals with time management.
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This is one in a series of volumes that anthologize what the editors of the Harvard Business Review consider to be the "must reads" in a given business subject area, in this instance self-management. I have no quarrel with any of their selections, each of which is eminently deserving of inclusion. Were all of these article purchased separately as reprints, the total cost would be $60 and the value of any one of them exceeds that. Given the fact that Amazon now sells this one for only $15.14, that's quite a bargain. The same is true of volumes in other series such as "Harvard Business Review on...." and "Harvard Business Essentials." I also think there is great benefit derived from the convenience of having a variety of perspectives and insights available together in a single source.

Authors of several articles about self-management later developed their concepts in much greater depth. They include Stewart Friedman ("Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life" was followed by Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life) and Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee ("Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance" was followed by Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence). "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey"?" co-authored by William Oncken, Jr. and Donald L. Wass continues to be the second most popular HBR article ever published.

The first article, Peter Drucker's "Managing Yourself," serves as an excellent introduction to the other nine in which their authors also address issues that remain compelling relevant to those who now struggle to manage themselves effectively. For example, "How Resilience Works" (Diane L.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Frank Y on June 3, 2013
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I was expecting a condensed 7-Habits or some nuggets of wisdom/shortcuts for being more effective at work/life. But several of the articles were commonsensical advice, for example (I paraphrase) "prioritize your work/family/friends", "don't neglect your physical/emotional energy", "live healthier and be more organized to combat attention deficiency".

Only three of the articles, including Christensen's, were personally entertaining and useful reads, out of the eleven total articles.

If you find your energy lacking at work, or you can't properly prioritize your work/personal life, then this should be helpful to you.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Craig on January 14, 2012
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Put simply, this may be the most valuable book I've ever read. In fact, reading it earlier might have saved me considerable "hard-knocks" lessons. I was actually sad when I got to the last page. There were so many times I said to my wife "check this out" when reading this book, she asked me just to get her a copy for herself (which I just did).

Read this book if you want to truly manage your life and career, rather than simply letting life happen to you. This summer, I'm starting a job as the dean of a major business school. I'm buying this book for all of my junior faculty and urging them to read it and take its advice to heart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary M Cohen on May 24, 2014
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This book has many classic and insightful management articles; however the e-book is a mess. Quotes and stories clearly intended to supplement the articles are scattered randomly throughout the articles disrupting the flow of the articles and making them incomprehensible at times.
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