Managing Oneself

Managing Oneself is an insightful little book by Peter F. Drucker, a management consultant/author/recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Over the brief 55 pages, Drucker emphasizes the need for his readers to improve their self-awareness. He recommends doing this by the means of feedback analysis, by expressing our values with those in which we need to maintain lasting relationships, and by constantly working on learning/improving on our strengths. Furthermore, he describes how there are several ways in which we learn and yet very few of us ever identify how we learn most effectively.

By executing the steps the author has written, one would have an understanding of how to identify/appreciate others values and a very good understanding of their own individual values, making it far easier to align yourself with one another. This is important because bringing value gives a sense of fulfillment and inspires one to do it for a longer period of time.

“To work for an organization whose value system is unacceptable or incompatible with one’s own condemns a person both to frustration and to nonperformance.”

This newly found awareness allows us to move more nimbly towards our goals because our actions have far more intent, while feedback analysis aids in preventing complacency.

“Steadfast focus on performance and results.”

I strongly recommend that you give this book a read because it’s timeless. It’s a very short read that will open doors to identifying and, more importantly, leveraging strengths which is an invaluable asset. If you are interested in reading it you can click here to buy it. I hope you enjoy.

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