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Managing Oneself By Peter F. Drucker Summary

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Managing oneself helps you to know the answer to the following questions that make your life meaningful.

  • How to take responsibility at work?
  • Where I belong?
  • What are my values?
  • How I memorize?
  • Who am I, a reader or a listener?
  • What are my strengths?

Once you aware yourself with the answer, you can become a top-level performer in your field.

Who am I decision maker or advisor?

A crucial question to ask.

Who am I?

Because you might work well either as a decision-maker or as an advisor.

An advisor cannot take the burden of decision-making. However, decision-makers need advisors to force them to think.

Focus on your strength.

You might think, you know your strength, but the untold truth is, you are only aware of weaknesses.

Although, you should know your strength, otherwise, you will not perform well in your community.

You can discover your strength through the feedback analysis method.

In this method, when you will take action, you need to note down what you expect to happen after 10-12 months. Then, compare the real result with the expectation.

Because it will help you to find the area that needs improvement.

After, 1-2 years, the method will help you to know the area where your strength lies.

And the process of analyzing your outcome with expectation help you to understand what you are doing or failing to do.

It will also help you to know the area where you do not have strength.

You should not choose a field in which you have no talent, skills, or interest. You will only waste your time and effort on improving an area of inability.

It takes more energy to improve an area of inability than to improve the area from mediocre to excellence.

Know your Values.

To manage yourself, you should know your value.

Because your values define your behavior.

To grow yourself in an organization, your values align with the organization’s values. If not, it should be close enough to coexist.

Otherwise, you will make your life frustrated.

How I Memorize?

You should aware of yourself how you learn. It will help you to learn faster and better.

There is no standard learning method that everyone needs to follow. You can choose your learning method.

The method that takes your performance to the next level. Either in school, college, or in an organization. You should know how you learn.

Because different people learn in different ways.

Some people learn by reading others learn by speaking or writing. However, the majority of writers learn by writing.

What is your method of learning?

Once you understand, the way you learn. You can act on this knowledge and can become an influential person in your field.

My performance level.

You should know how you get things done. Majority of people do not know how to carry out their work.

Even people do not aware that there are different methods of doing things. Too many people work in the same way to get results.

But, everyone has an authentic way of doing things.

It depends upon your personality and upbringing. The way you do your work is a given. You could slightly change the way, even that is too hard to do. Eat that frog shows you a different way of getting things done.

Suggested Reading: The Productivity Project.

Where you belong?

A small group of people knows where they belong. Some people know about this, after passing their mid-twenties.

If you are unable to find where you belong. You can do the opposite and find out where you do not belong.

So, it helps you to say no to a job that does not align with your values. Once you know the answer where you belong. You can build a successful career.

Because you can only build a successful career when you are aligned with your value, strength, and the method of working.

What are my responsibility at work?

You should know how you carry out your work. Either you perform individually or in a team.

Because you might work well in a team while others work as an individual, only a few people can work alone and produce an effective result.

Majority of people can only produce an effective result when working in a team. Managing yourself requires you to take responsibility for your colleagues as well as your work.

Communicate with your team effectively. Once you understand this and take responsibility for your communication. You will able to build a strong both between coworkers.

You should understand that other people are as personal as you are. It means they have their strength, weakness, values, and way of doing things.

This sounds obvious but only a minority of people pay attention to it.

Am I a reader or a listener?

You might be a reader or listener. If you are a reader, then you will grab information with notes while listeners grab information via listening.

Knowing this helps you to grab the information easily and reduce the time require for learning.

At Last: Here are my favorite Quotes from this book.

  • Managing yourself requires taking responsibility for relationships. ― Peter F. Drucker.
  • Successful careers are not planned. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values. ― Peter F. Drucker.
  • Introverts do better alone with competition, extraverts do better in large group without competition. ― Peter F. Drucker.
  • You should not change yourself, but create yourself, that mean build around your strengths and removing bad habits. ― Peter F. Drucker.
  • If you have a goal that you still postpone, that means, it’s not one of your strengths. ― Peter F. Drucker.

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Above article is the extract version of the book “Managing Oneself” written by “Peter Drucker”.

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