Calling this book a “book” is a bit exaggerated.
It contains only 60 pages which I assume you can read in under one hour.
Nevertheless if you haven’t encountered the work of Peter Drucker yet, this is the place to start.
Peter Drucker is best known for his concept of “Management by Objectives” (MbO).
He also coined the term “knowledge worker” and “core competency”.
Drucker elaborates on three major questions:
- What are my strengths?
- How do I perform?
- What are my values?
These are the basic questions to ask yourself to answer the bigger questions:
- Where do I belong?
- What can I contribute?
The rest of the book ponders on developing relationships and a second career for later in life.
The bottom line
I will stop writing so my review won’t be longer than the book itself.
Managing yourself is a big factor in personal success.
If you cannot manage yourself how can you manage others?
As I already mentioned this one is a good entry into the works of Peter Drucker. It’s also perfect as a gift, so buy a bunch of them.
Further Reading on Self-Management
Thoughts on building a library
Time Blocking / Time Boxing as Productivity Boost
Review – The Passionate Programmer