Book Review: Managing Oneself (The Key to Success) by Peter Drucker (Havard Business Review) | Stephen Diagram

Managing Oneself (The Key to Success) by Peter Drucker is one of the most important reads you will find if looking for ways to achieve self-improvement, focus, time management, productivity and efficiency.

With a 4.2 out of 5 stars rating on GoodReads.com, and 600 reviews on Amazon; it is no doubt this short 50 page read may be the most influential and powerful read for you of this year, 2018.

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Author, Peter Drucker, asks a series of questions to help determine your strengths and develop and action plan.

“Ideas don’t move mountains, bulldozers do.”

  • Where can I make the greatest social contribution to society?
  • What are my values?
  • When you look in the mirror, do you love who you are?

Use Feedback Analysis to improve your strengths.

  • Make a prediction for the next 9-12 months
  • Compare the results with the prediction
  • Improve upon your strengths

Create an action plan when you find the results.

  • What to do?
  • Where/how to start?
  • What goals, objectives, deadlines to set?

Find an environment where your strengths thrive. You need to be in a place where your strengths give you success.

Only improve on your strengths.

It takes much more time and energy to go from bad to mediocre.

It is more efficient and a better use of time to go from above average to incredibly great.


Learn how to learn.

The education system is not good at teaching everyone; it is only good for a select group of people who learn a certain way. You need to find your strength in learning, and learn through that method.

  • Are you a reader?
  • Writer?
  • Thinker?
  • Doer?
  • Learn best by yourself?
  • Learn best with others?
  • Are you a people person?
  • Are you better at listening?
  • Audiobooks?
  • eBooks?
  • Physical Paperback books?

John F Kennedy was a reader; he had his assistants write for him.

Franklin D Roosevelt was a listener; he preferred an open area of free discussion.


Avoid Intellectual Arrogance.

Admit what you’re mediocre at. Most engineers admit they aren’t great with talking to people and socializing with others. Fix those bad habits.

Lastly; work for a company or business who has similar values and goals as you.


Buy Managing Oneself (The Key to Success) by Peter Drucker Managing Oneself (Harvard Business Review Classics)

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