In his Management Series: Managing Oneself By Peter Drucker, the author examines ten principles to guide us in making decisions. The ten principles are: we understand ourselves; strengths and weaknesses; a clear vision of our future; dedication to our ideals; self-discipline, and gratitude. Drucker uses many personal examples throughout this series to show how these principles are applied in everyday life. He uses practical stories to illustrate these principles. I’ve summed them up here:
We understand ourselves by asking questions like Who are we? What are our strengths and weaknesses? A clear vision of our future, taking responsibility for our actions and taking pride in achieving our goals, is another principle.
Taking responsibility for our actions is the principle of self-discipline. It says that we should not blame ourselves if we fail. Another principle is to keep learning from our successes and learning from our failures. And, gratitude, the fifth principle, saying thank you to those who have helped us along the way is important. And, finally, dedication, which comes from putting our hearts and minds into it and following our passions.
In this second career management audio book, we learn how to manage ourselves through a process of self-awareness. We start with our strengths and weaknesses, as mentioned before. Then we move on to a brief overview of our vision of our future, taking responsibility for our actions, and finally, self-discipline. The book summary below gives an outline of the content of each chapter.
Managing Oneself, First Career Management Audio Book Chapter One: Managing Oneself begins with an introduction of the book, an explanation of the concepts behind the terms managing oneself, success, and failure. The chapters cover these topics in great detail. The book summary concludes with a review of what we learn in each chapter.
Managing Oneself, Second Career Management Audio Book Chapter Two: Managing Oneself continues with an explanation of the first chapter’s focus on managing ones own values. The second chapter focuses on managing ones own thoughts, actions, and feelings. The third chapter looks at the resources available to us, and the value of learning new things. Finally, the last chapter looks at setting goals and the role they play in managing oneself.
Managing Oneself, Second Career Management Audio Book Chapter Three: In this third chapter, we move away from discussing the importance of having a strong sense of self-esteem, as mentioned in the first two chapters. The focus in this chapter is learning how to build organizational capital. This chapter makes some recommendations for enhancing job performance and developing better interpersonal skills. It describes ways in which people can improve their strengths and uses a “development model” approach that compares the strengths and weaknesses of potential employees. In the final analysis, it briefly discusses ways in which values must be inculcated in order to maximize the potentials of employees.
Managing Oneself, Second Career Management Audio Book concludes with a review of the book and a recommendation for those who have just begun their careers or for those who have changed their jobs. It also provides an overview of the ten steps to career success and outlines the value of having a strong sense of self-esteem and a solid work ethic. The ten steps to career success are also discussed. Finally, the reader is encouraged to review and make suggestions about how others might apply these insights. This audiobook provides a helpful guide to managing oneself and is an ideal listening or reading choice for people who are just getting started in their careers or for those who have recently been promoted.