To call 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.
Managing Oneself on Amazon
About the Author
Chad Fowler is best know for being CTO of 6Wunderkinder after its exit to Microsoft. Before he was Senior Vice President of Technology at LivingSocial.
Fun fact: the first edition of this book was titled “My Job Went to India: 52 Ways To Save Your Job”
Fowler found this title misleading: instead of improving from mediocrity to keep your job, he wants you to focus on becoming exceptional and staying ahead of the pack. Continue reading “Review “The Passionate Programmer””
I became aware of James Bach through the Google Techtalk “Becoming a Software Testing Expert”. Then I quickly got his book “Lessons Learned in Software Testing”.
In this book Bach presents with his colleagues Cem Kaner and Bret Pettichord 293 tips and tricks (“lessons”) from the test practice.
Divided into 10 chapters, this book covers almost every aspect that can be encountered in daily SW test work. Continue reading “Review “Lessons learned in Software Testing””