Managing Oneself is a Harvard Thoughts piece about how to manage your own career. It reviews how the changes of work from labor to knowledge has progressed and what today’s knowledge workers are faced with compared to their labor working predecessors. The interesting thing that is occurring to the knowledge workforce is that around middle age they are becoming bored and the challenge has gone stale; they have become the expert at that knowledge work. The options that are discussed and offered in the development of a second career are that the person: 1) starts one; 2) develops another career in parallel; or 3) goes the social entrepreneur route.
The book is a speed read and definitely serves to broaden your perspective. I found Managing Oneself to be extremely eye opening as I’ve started to approach the frustration points and lack of improvement/change in my current knowledge workforce environment.
Make sure to check out all the books I’ve enjoyed in 2015.