- Drucker, Peter
We have more freedom now, but that means we ought to manage our own lives, careers, know our strong side and values. To be short, we have to be our own CEOs.
Use feedback analysis:
When making a decision, write it down along the expected results.
9 or 12 months later, compare results
this helps to identify strengths
Concentrate on you strength
work on improving strength
identify where intellectual arrogance causes ignorance
remedy bad habits
identify lack of manners?
manners are like oil that removes friction
if work fails as soon as cooperation is involved, that is a sign for a lack of courtesy (учтивость/вежливость)
do not improve in the areas where you have little talent
it’s hard to get from incompetence to mediocre
better concentrate on moving from first-rate performance to excellence
(not sure I agree here)
How do I perform?
Reader or listener
if you’re a reader---prepare for questions beforehand (have them written)
How do I learn
writers learn by writing (taking notes?)
learn by doing
learn by hearing themselves talk
Do I work well with people, or am I a loner? If I do, in what relationship?
Do I produce results as decision maker or advisor?
Do I perform well under stress or do I need predictable environment?
Big organization or small?
do not try to change yourself. work hard to improve the way you perform
What are my values?
What kind of person do I want to see in the mirror in the morning?
e.g., short-term vs. long-term result
check how this aligns with organization you’re working at
put values before own strengths (what point in doing the wrong thing?)
Where do I belong?
learn answers to previous questions and align yourself
learn where you do NOT belong and reject positions
when you accept position, notify how the job will be done (that’s because you are who you are)
What should I contribute?
a plan can usually cover no more than 18 months
“where and how can I achieve results that will make difference in the next year and a half?”
results should be hard to achieve (but within reach)
the result should be meaningful
result should be visible (ideally, measurable)
Responsibility for relationship
accept the fact that people are as much individuals as you yourself are
(you should know the strengths and weaknesses of your coworkers)
managing the “boss”—learn his strengths and style and adjust
take responsibility for communication
know (ask) and explain what your and others’ goals are, what are your values, why that is important, etc.
(ask this about everyone you work with)
The second half of your life
there is basically no retirement now
your enemy is boredom
develop a second career (people need community and challenge)
move to new career
develop a parallel career
less old job
more new nonprofit
(other options are “retire on the job” or actual retirement)
you must be prepared long before
another benefit of second career is that they help live through major setbacks (more options, diversification)