managing oneself

by peter drucker

what are my strengths?

  • feedback analysis - identify and concentrate on your strengths / avoid intellectual ignorance

  • lack of manners

how do I perform?

  • reader or listener?

  • how do I learn?

  • loner or work well with people?

  • decision maker or advisor?

  • perform well under stress or structured environment?

  • big or small organization?

  • do not try to change yourself - work hard to improve the way you perform

what are my values?

  • the "mirror test" - what kind of person do I want to see in the morning

  • value match that of the company?

  • strength-performance rarely conflict; but value-strength might conflict

where do I belong?

  • most people won't know where they belong until past 20's

  • but they should have know the answers to the questions above

  • decide where they do not belong

what should I contribute?

  • knowledge workers are different and needs to ask this question

  • three distinct elements:

    • what does the situation require?

    • given my strengths, my way of performing and my values, how can I make the greatest contribution to what needs to be done?

    • what results have to be achieved to make a difference?