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Jan. 3 2011 HBR's 10 Must Reads
The path to your professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror.

If you read nothing else on managing yourself, read these 10 articles. We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles to select the most important ones to help you maximize yourself.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself will inspire you to:

- Stay engaged throughout your 50+-year work life
- Tap into your deepest values
- Solicit candid feedback
- Replenish physical and mental energy
- Balance work, home, community, and self
- Spread positive energy throughout your organization
- Rebound from tough times
- Decrease distractibility and frenzy
- Delegate and develop employees' initiative

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“All in all, this is an excellent collection of insights by business people and writers on business subjects, particularly on management. Get it and benefit from it.” — Biz India

“The organization of the boxes is superb and very helpful to the reader… relevant to overworked and overstressed employees seeking ways to take charge of themselves to perform better and develop a work-life balance.” – Portland Book Review

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HBR's 10 Must Reads paperback series is the definitive collection of books for new and experienced leaders alike. Leaders looking for the inspiration that big ideas provide, both to accelerate their own growth and that of their companies, should look no further.

HBR's 10 Must Reads series focuses on the core topics that every ambitious manager needs to know: leadership, strategy, change, managing people, and managing yourself. Harvard Business Review has sorted through hundreds of articles and selected only the most essential reading on each topic. Each title includes timeless advice that will be relevant regardless of an ever-changing business environment.

Classic ideas, enduring advice, the best thinkers: HBR's 10 Must Reads.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is one in a series of volumes that anthologize what the editors of the Harvard Business Review consider to be the "must reads" in a given business subject area, in this instance self-management. I have no quarrel with any of their selections, each of which is eminently deserving of inclusion. Were all of these article purchased separately as reprints, the total cost would be $60 and the value of any one of them exceeds that. Given the fact that Amazon now sells this one for only $15.14, that's quite a bargain. The same is true of volumes in other series such as "Harvard Business Review on...." and "Harvard Business Essentials." I also think there is great benefit derived from the convenience of having a variety of perspectives and insights gathered in a single volume

Authors of several articles about self-management later developed their concepts in much greater depth. They include Stewart Friedman ("Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life" was followed by Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life) and Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee ("Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance" was followed by Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence). "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey"?" co-authored by William Oncken, Jr. and Donald L. Wass continues to be the second most popular HBR article ever published.

The first article, "Peter Drucker's "Managing Yourself," serves as an excellent introduction to the other nine in which their authors address issues that remain compelling relevant to hose struggling to manage themselves effectively. For example, "How Resilience Works" (Diane L. Coutu), "Overloaded Circuits" (Edward M. Hallowell), and "What to Ask the Person in the Mirror" (Robert S. Kaplan). I also appreciate the editors' skillful use of two reader-friendly devices, "Idea in Brief" and "Idea in Practice," both of which facilitate, indeed expedite frequent review of key points later.
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By Charles Dimov TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Another exceptional collection of articles from HBR. I found On Managing Yourself to be a collection of more current articles than some of the other books in this series (like On Strategy).

This collection of articles force you to think about your life and career, and consider what your values are... and how to run your career/life as a marathon unlike a sprint. It was refreshing to review article on resilience, positive energy, and reducing distractibility. This last point in particular - as the whirlwind of activity, instant messages, and crackberry email everywhere - often distract you from the important big goals in life and career.

Should be considered mandatory reading for all new managers, and anyone planning a career - for that matter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Know Yourself - Manage Yourself Dec 20 2011
By John Chancellor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Thales was an ancient Greek philosopher and one of the group of philosophers known as the Seven Sages. When he was asked what was easy, he replied, "To give advice." And when asked what was difficult, he said, "To know thyself." I would add that even after you have a fairly good idea of who you are, actually managing yourself still requires quite a bit of effort. But if you are looking for a great resource to assist you in knowing yourself and then managing yourself, this is one of the best you will find.

It is so appropriate that the first chapter On Managing Yourself is written by Peter Drucker and the focus is on knowing yourself. "One cannot build performance on weaknesses, let alone on something one cannot do at all." You need to understand your strengths - what you are good at - and focus your efforts on improving your strengths.

"Do not try to change yourself - you are unlikely to succeed. But work to improve the way you perform. And try not to take on work you cannot perform or will only perform poorly."

The book contains ten chapters - a collection of articles written by world renown thought leaders - on what it takes to effectively manage yourself. Each chapter covers a different lesson or concept. In each chapter there is a summary of the concept, called "Idea in Brief" and a short summary of how to implement the idea, called "Idea in Practice." Both summaries are very helpful as refresher but should not be used in lieu of reading the entire chapter.

The ten chapters cover everything you need to know/do to effectively manage yourself. Chapter two deals with time management. Chapter three covers resilience and chapter four makes the distinction between managing time and managing energy. Most of the articles have some questions or self directed assessments for the reader to answer.

In addition to covering the specific topics, the articles in general give some profound insights into what it takes to be successful. One of the most powerful thoughts in the book was in Chapter 5 - Overloaded Circuits. "As a specialist in learning disabilities, I have found that the most dangerous disability is not any formally diagnosable condition like dyslexia or ADD. It is fear. Fear shifts us into survival mode and this prevents fluid learning and nuanced understanding."
The book contains many such insights. After reading this book you will have a much better appreciation of how to actually manage yourself. The better you manage yourself the better you function and fit into the world.

This book is not casual reading. If you are truly serious about becoming a better manager/leader/person then you absolutely need to learn how to better manage yourself. This book is a collection of great knowledge. But the benefits come from the implementation - read the book and then put the ideas into practice.
78 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The need for managing one's self is creating a revolution in human affairs." Peter Drucker (1999) Jan. 4 2011
By Robert Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one in a series of volumes that anthologize what the editors of the Harvard Business Review consider to be the "must reads" in a given business subject area, in this instance self-management. I have no quarrel with any of their selections, each of which is eminently deserving of inclusion. Were all of these article purchased separately as reprints, the total cost would be $60 and the value of any one of them exceeds that. Given the fact that Amazon now sells this one for only $15.14, that's quite a bargain. The same is true of volumes in other series such as "Harvard Business Review on...." and "Harvard Business Essentials." I also think there is great benefit derived from the convenience of having a variety of perspectives and insights available together in a single source.

Authors of several articles about self-management later developed their concepts in much greater depth. They include Stewart Friedman ("Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life" was followed by Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life) and Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee ("Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance" was followed by Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence). "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey"?" co-authored by William Oncken, Jr. and Donald L. Wass continues to be the second most popular HBR article ever published.

The first article, Peter Drucker's "Managing Yourself," serves as an excellent introduction to the other nine in which their authors also address issues that remain compelling relevant to those who now struggle to manage themselves effectively. For example, "How Resilience Works" (Diane L. Coutu), "Overloaded Circuits" (Edward M. Hallowell), and "What to Ask the Person in the Mirror" (Robert S. Kaplan). I also appreciate the editors' skillful use of two reader-friendly devices, "Idea in Brief" and "Idea in Practice," both of which facilitate, indeed expedite frequent review of key points later.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought because of the 5-star rating June 3 2013
By Frank Y - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was expecting a condensed 7-Habits or some nuggets of wisdom/shortcuts for being more effective at work/life. But several of the articles were commonsensical advice, for example (I paraphrase) "prioritize your work/family/friends", "don't neglect your physical/emotional energy", "live healthier and be more organized to combat attention deficiency".

Only three of the articles, including Christensen's, were personally entertaining and useful reads, out of the eleven total articles.

If you find your energy lacking at work, or you can't properly prioritize your work/personal life, then this should be helpful to you.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the most useful books I've ever read -- read it!! Jan. 14 2012
By Doctor Craig - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Put simply, this may be the most valuable book I've ever read. In fact, reading it earlier might have saved me considerable "hard-knocks" lessons. I was actually sad when I got to the last page. There were so many times I said to my wife "check this out" when reading this book, she asked me just to get her a copy for herself (which I just did).

Read this book if you want to truly manage your life and career, rather than simply letting life happen to you. This summer, I'm starting a job as the dean of a major business school. I'm buying this book for all of my junior faculty and urging them to read it and take its advice to heart.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart thinkers read this! Jan. 19 2013
By Judy Hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I thought this book made me put together ideas I'd had, but hadn't connected the dots with other ideas. It makes you think about things you probably had'nt thought about before. Late high school students, college students, including non-business majors, career searchers, and 70 year old "thinkers" like me will say "Hmmm" and keep reading the next chapter.
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