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Managing Oneself (Unabridged)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book is only about 60 pages (large prints and small format) and it summarizes clearly concepts often found in self-development books.

It encourages us to know our strengths, our modalities (how we perform best) and values. It urges us to take responsibility for our relationships, in terms of how we chose them and nurture them.
In order to identify strengths and gain personal insights, it introduces the feedback analysis tool: "Whenever you make a key decision or take a key action, write down what you expect will happen. Nine or twelve months later, compare the actual results with your expectations."
It helps us frame our personal contribution by answering the following question: "Where and how can I achieve results that will make a difference within the next year and a half ?" The answer must balance several things. First, the results should be hard to achieve but still within reach. Second, the results should be meaningful. Third, the results should be visible."

Finally, the book ends with advice on how to deal with the second half of our life, during retirement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2011
Managing Oneself is an essay, as opposed to a book; which is not surprising as it started off life as an article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR).

This series by HBR is of only important and seminal articles, and this one is no exception. It brings important themes in an easily accessible prose and is well worth a read. Managing the second half of your life is an especially interesting section!

That said, if you have access to an academic library, you'll be able to look it up in the physical or on-line archives of HBR and maybe save yourself a few pounds in the process.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2015
This book is quite brief and more focused on one philosophical point than air how to or step by step book. However, I personally find the Sober yet direct tone of this book very refreshing in the world of business books that are overhyped.

In a way the very absence of a 10 step plan to success and a realistic view of big business life is actually its strength.

When it comes from an author who has been a management consultant for many decades and has had a business like that spanned the great depression right into the 70s and 80s, it is worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2013
Studying again, so the book was useful refresher for managing oneself in at time when work environment is challenging and personal developing is a low priority
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
OK this is not one of Druckers longer books.

OK it may only be 3500 words.

And if you buy a book and can only place a value on the number of words per £ then you might not like it.

If you want to read the words.

Reflect on them.

Let them speak to you.

And where your career is now, right now.

If it inspires you as it did me.

Then you will be as delighted with this book as I am.
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on 25 March 2015
I found this short essay very to the point, logical and acutely revealing of today's obsession with 'success'. Peter Drucker discusses that In order to be successful requires managing oneself and building upon one's strengths. Fundamentally, it is most important to know one's strength in the first place. Sounds simple, but the author points out that not many people know themselves well enough to do so. Exceptional in every way, would be happy to recommend this to anyone!
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on 7 May 2015
Great content, just don't expect a long read. It's just 50 pages and a tiny book with big font in it. Overall some really well made points and useful information, however there's not much you can tell in 50 odd pages...
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on 4 June 2015
Quick and easy read, whilst very influential!
Would certainly advise others to read it and has thrown new light and inspiration on becoming a Knowledge Worker, whilst also affirming certain unsure-ties.
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on 23 April 2015
Short read, not much of value within - most important point was that people should focus on working on their existing strengths in order to stand out, rather than trying to improve weaknesses
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on 6 May 2015
One of the greatest books I've read. Filled with wisdom and simple pointers to knowing yourself. Must have.
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