Managing Oneself by Peter Druker
Notes for the book, Managing Oneself by Peter Druker.
- Place ourselves where we can make the greatest contribution
- Environment, in some ways, determines achievement
- Know how and when to change work
- Have courage to change
- Person can perform only from their strengths
- Cannot build performance from weaknesses
- Only way to discover strength is through feedback analysis. Process:
- Whenever you make a key decision, write down what you expect to happen
- In 9-12 months, compare the actual results with what you expected
- Double down on improving strengths; ignore weakness, delegate weaknesses to others
- Remedy bad habits that inhibit effectiveness
- What are my bad habits?
- “Manners are the lubricating oil of an organization”
- Action: say people’s name periodically while in conversation
- How do I perform? What are my strengths?
- Am I a reader or listener?
- More of a reader
- How do I learn?
- Reading, talking, listening, watching
- How do I work best with others?
- Text conversions, in person, over the phone or video conference
- Do I work best:
- as a team member or alone?
- as a decision maker or advisor?
- under stress, or in a predictable, structured environment?
- in a small or large organization?
- Ask what are my values?
- Important to match personal values to values of organization one works for
This is a book of great questions to ask oneself:
- What are my strengths? Make sure to double down on them.
- How do I perform? What are my values?
- Given my strengths, my way of performing, my values, how can I make the greatest contribution to what needs to be done [in the organization I am working for]?
- Set SMART goals in 18 month time frame— Where and how can I achieve results that will make a difference within the next year and a half?
- What are strengths, performance modes, values of co-workers? (if don’t know, ask; be open to telling yours to them)
- Organizations are no longer built on force but on trust
- Have a secondary interest that has possibility of forming second career.