- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Harvard Business Press; 1 edition (January 7, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142212312X
- ISBN-13: 978-1422123126
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.2 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 529 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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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This "book" isn't actually a book. It's a reprinting of an article published in Harvard Business Review January 2005, which I realized I had laying around the house! I read that first, then when I opened this book was rather shocked to realize it was an exact reprint stretched from 10 magazine pages to 50 in 24+ pt font size.
Frankly, this book isn't a book by the standards you probably have. As other reviewers have lamented, Drucker mentions something important then just moves on, giving no steps on how to go about figuring it out. What you get is a barebones explication of managing oneself, and it has a few good insights. The semantic point aside---that it shouldn't be called a book---you will probably learn a few pointers about managing oneself. But you will be greatly disappointed if you expect there to be much more than an outline of what you should do in general.
Here's what it covers:
What are my strengths?
How do I perform?
What are my values?
Where do I belong?
What should I contribute?
Responsibility for relationships
The second half of your life
You'll notice that they are mostly questions. The article really seems to just be a (guided) impetus to think about certain important things in your life. The shortness of the book is really a reflection that YOU have to do the work of figuring out the answers.
I knew this was a thing, it came up in psych 101 back in college. I never really thought to apply it to how I work with other people though, and instead just lamented that some people never read my emails.
Mastering yourself will allow you to manage / inspire others... if that's what you're after, you'll enjoy this book.