MANAGING ONESELF

WHAT HAVE HISTORY’S GREATEST ACHIEVERS ALL HAD IN COMMON? PETER F. DRUCKER SAYS IT’S THE ART OF SELF MANAGEMENT. FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN UNCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS AND UNLOCK YOUR FULL POTENTIAL.

In today’s book of the day, ‘Managing Oneself’, Drucker explains how to create your career path by knowing when to seize opportunities and when to change course. He describes what it takes to become successful in a world full of distractions.

First, Drucker says we need to find out what our strengths are. We can do this through a technique known as feedback analysis. Once we figure out what those strengths are, we must:

  1. Concentrate on our strengths 
  2. Improve them 
  3. Find what things are inhibiting our strengths

Feedback analysis– According to Drucker the feedback analysis states that ‘whenever you make a key decision or action, write down what you expect will happen’. A year later, compare the actual results to your expectations. This process will not only highlight your weaknesses, but it will also show you what you are already good at. 

The individual should work to improve their strengths, as it is nearly impossible to perfect a weakness. Try to get in situations where you’re likely to use your natural talents and reject assignments that require the use of weaknesses. 

How do you perform? 

Far too few people know how to get things done. To optimize performance, one must keep in mind that people perform differently in certain situations. Your job is to figure out what YOUR ideal situation is based on your personality type. 

The first thing to know is whether you are a reader or a listener. Do you prefer reading physical books or listening to podcasts instead? Secondly, how do you learn? There are four main learning styles; visual, auditory, kinesthetic and reading/writing. (if you’re a visual learner, it would be in your best interest to choose a career path where you consume visual content. i.e., a photographer or graphic designer). Other things to consider are; what kind of environment do you work best in? Do you work best alone or in a team? Are you a decision-maker or an adviser?

Drucker’s main message is to not change yourself, instead work hard to improve the way you already perform and keep away from work that you’ll perform poorly.  

Personal Review

After reading this book, you’ll have an action plan for uncovering your strengths. You’ll be able to choose a career path that’s best suited for you and your unique personality style. Most importantly, you’ll know how to put yourself in the best positions to succeed, both in your personal and professional life. 

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