Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker

And yet, a person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance on weaknesses, let alone on something one cannot do at all.

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I love this idea. Peter then adds:

Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong. More often, people know what they are not good at-and even then more people are wrong than right.

Now, my question is, how you and I discover our weaknesses and strengths?

Peter Drucker has the answer. The only way to discover your strengths is through feedback analysis. Whenever you make a key decision or take a key action, write down what you expect it will happen. Nine or 12 months later, compare the actual results with your expectations. I have been practising this method for 15 to 20 years now, and every time I do it, I’m surprised.

Wow, that’s amazing. If Peter Drucker could do it for so long, why you and I cannot do it for some time? I’m sure it won’t harm anybody. We can only gain by this experiment.

Another takeaway from this book is this:

Firs-rate engineers, for instance, tend to take pride in not knowing anything about people. Human beings, they believe, are much too disorderly for the good engineering mind. Human resources professionals, by contrast, often pride themselves on their ignorance of elementary accounting or of quantitative methods altogether.

But taking pride in such ignorance is self-defeating. Go to work on acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to fully realise your strengths.

What the author is trying to say here is this. You should not be an ignorant. If you are missing something, go and learn it. Otherwise you will never find your full potential.

I’d like to wrap up with this amazing line from Peter Drucker’s book.

Like so many brilliant people, he believes that ideas move mountings. But bulldozers move mountings, ideas show where the bulldozers should go to work.

PS. Now, I’d like to ask you a question. How well do you know yourself? Are you one out of ten people or the opposite? I know where I stand; I’m honest with myself.

Adam Wojnar

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