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Managing Oneself

Written by: Peter F Drucker
Narrated by: uncredited
Length: 44 mins
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"Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves - their strengths, their values, and how they best perform." -Peter F. Drucker

Throughout history, people had little need to manage their careers - they were born into their stations in life or, in the recent past, they relied on their companies to chart their career paths. But times have drastically changed. Today we must all learn to manage ourselves.

What does that mean? As Peter Drucker tells us in this seminal article, first published in 1999, it means we have to learn to develop ourselves. We have to place ourselves where we can make the greatest contribution to our organizations and communities. And we have to stay mentally alert and engaged during a 50-year working life, which means knowing how and when to change the work we do.

It may seem obvious that people achieve results by doing what they are good at and by working in ways that fit their abilities. But, Drucker says, very few people actually know - let alone take advantage of - their fundamental strengths.

He challenges each of us to ask ourselves, "What are my strengths? How do I perform? What are my values? Where do I belong? What should my contribution be?"

Don't try to change yourself, Drucker cautions. Instead, concentrate on improving the skills you have and accepting assignments that are tailored to your individual way of working. If you do that, you can transform yourself from an ordinary worker into an outstanding performer.

Today's successful careers are not planned out in advance. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they have asked themselves those questions and have rigorously assessed their unique characteristics.

This Audiobook has 10 Tracks. 1. Introduction. 2. What are My Strengths? 3. How Do I Perform? 4. How Do I Learn? 5. What Are My Values? 6. Where Do I Belong? 7. What Should I Contribute? 8. Responsibility for Relationships. 9. The Second Half of Your

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Highly recommend worth an hour of my time

This book is very short and no BS, but simple principles of how to manage best yourself. I think I will be listening to this book every two week as a reminder of the things I need stick to.
Because books is so short there is no real story build in there but it doesn't spoil the content.
Some my think that things he is telling are obvious...it's true... but hearing them from the outsider prospective and in this context are shifting your prospective of obvious to manageable.

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must read

great read a must read for anyone trying to better themself or re connect wit their humane side

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  • YB
  • 2018-03-31

very insightful and speaks of what tools to use

speaks of the tools required to manage oneself specially in the vast changes that are occurring in 21st century.

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  • Paul
  • 2008-05-29

Great

I've heard of Peter Drucker, this was my first actual encounter. Wow, short, sweet, insightful in just 45 minutes. Just the phrase are you a reader or a listener was immensely helpful. (Especially for us audible listeners) And the price was right.!! I've gifted it 3 times

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  • ted loos
  • 2019-06-21

Good book - narrator...not so much

The narrator almost ruined the book for me. Not sure if the author narrated or if this is a professional. I mean, if you’re going to repeatedly use the word “contribution,” do us a favor and have a good look at the word and pronounce all of the letters. If it weren’t so inexpensive, I probably would return

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  • Visnja Zeljeznjak
  • 2017-02-11

Short and insightful

I judge the value of the book by the number of notes I take. For such a short read, it was remarkably useful and actionable. The book teaches you the importance of asking and knowing the answer to four questions: What are my strengths? How do I perform? What are my values? What should my contribution be, given the situation, my unique strengths, and my values? By applying mindfulness techniques (and this is not in the book), you can find the answers you're looking for. But you have to search.

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  • Magna One
  • 2017-02-06

Great Short Read!

It was great, well written from an effective leader. good insight in a really quick way.

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  • Proud Nerd
  • 2017-01-02

Required listening for everyone, every year

Would you consider the audio edition of Managing Oneself to be better than the print version?

It is handy to listen to it while on the go. The audiobook is short.

What other book might you compare Managing Oneself to and why?

"Who Moved My Cheese" by Spencer Johnson only in that it gets to the point and teaches a valuable lesson clearly.

Which character – as performed by uncredited – was your favorite?

The narrator has an excellent voice and I enjoyed his narration greatly. This audiobook was a great value - bought for less than a dollar - and one that I recommend to everyone.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Yes. Yes. I can listen to this over and over again.

Any additional comments?

If you have a high school student in your life, send them this book. It will help them immensely with their future choices and approaches.

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  • Baris
  • 2015-03-18

Great story with many gems

This book was so short yet so great!

Put it on three times speed and devour this book as quickly as possible!

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  • SJJ
  • 2020-06-16

Very practical

Listened it twice. It is an excellent, practical and easy to understand areading. Thanks Peter

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-05-25

Great!

Short, to the point, and gave great insight!

Would definitely recommend. Check it out now!

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  • emad sufiyan
  • 2020-04-27

Great Information

This book is stunning with fresh information that helped me in my business and other areas.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-07

Another Obvious Base Hit

Drucker’s ability to concisely and clearly encapsulate a profound truth is shown again with this quick read.