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 article challenges listeners to take responsibility for managing their futures, both in and out of the office.
©1999 Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP); (P)2008 No Hassle Inc.
Anyone needing to know how to reach their full potential must memorise the principles herein
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very actionable. Extremely captivating voice performance and life changing too
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
"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!
"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.
"Great Short Read!"
It was great, well written from an effective leader. good insight in a really quick way.
"Required listening for everyone, every year"
It is handy to listen to it while on the go. The audiobook is short.
"Who Moved My Cheese" by Spencer Johnson only in that it gets to the point and teaches a valuable lesson clearly.
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.
Yes. Yes. Yes. I can listen to this over and over again.
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.
"Efficient ways of working"
Find how you operate best. Are you a reader or a listener? Knowledge workers outlive cooporstions
"For 45 mins, it's quite refreshing"
I've listened to this multiple times and would recommend you give it a lesson. Of course, only having 45 minutes isn't going to allow an insane amount of depth, but it still is worth listening to.
"Must Read No Excuses"
This book should be mandatory for every able bodied person to read, listen, be exposed to.
The most memorable book anyone can read. A book that will change your perception on the world
"Very helpful in managing yourself."
He thoroughly defines what you must look within yourself. He defines why and provides examples. I highly recommend.
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