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Writer, teacher, and consultant Peter Drucker is a major figure in business management. He wrote 34 books in his lifetime, counseled 13 governments, public institutions, and major corporations, and founded the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. Managing Oneself is considered a classic by The Harvard Business Review, and in many ways it's one of the most concise and valuable texts on personal management I've read so far.
Managing Oneself is all about the ancient charge, know yourself. But how do you do that? A lot of people throw around a lot of “know yourself” talk, but it’s rare that someone takes the effort to describe a process to do so. Drucker encourages us to be proactive about what he refers to as feedback analysis to find out more about who we are. He asserts that feedback analysis--the process of planning what we are going to do and predicting how it will turn out, doing it, and finally recording what actually ends up happening--is the only real way to figure out what our strengths and weaknesses are. We can observe through feedback analysis whether or not we’re a fish trying to climb a tree, for example.
"Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong. More often, people know what they are not good at--and even then more people are wrong than right."
The more that we look at how closely the results of our actions match our intentions, the better we can know how to manage ourselves. In the end, the goal is to create a life where you are aware of and using your natural strengths, and you aren't trying to make strengths out of your weaknesses (for example, I'll never be fit to play in the NBA no matter how much I practice). According to Drucker, once we know ourselves, we can build on our strengths until we will end up with a deeply rewarding life.