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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) Paperback – January 3, 2011
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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 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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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. Chapter three covers resilience and chapter four makes the distinction between managing time and managing energy.Read more ›
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. Coutu), "Overloaded Circuits" (Edward M. Hallowell), and "What to Ask the Person in the Mirror" (Robert S.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is excellent!
I recommend reading this book from start to finish. The section about emotional intelligence was especially useful!
It is a must read book for not only future manager but everybody who wants to improve its quality of life. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Giedre Augyte
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