“Managing Oneself” an article (HBR 1999) written by Peter F. Drucker who was renown for his teaching and thinking of management practice, hailed by BusinessWeek as “the man who invented management.” (http://www.druckerinstitute.com/).
The core message, we can not rely on others/employers to chart our career paths but must learn to manage and develop ourselves and know when and how to change the work we do. Drucker said we need to place ourselves where we can make the greatest contribution to our organizations and communities. Our effectiveness relies on us doing what we are good at in environments that match our value set. The reader is encouraged not to transform themselves but to focus their unique strengths and improve the skills they have. Drucker observed that many of us actually do not know what our strengths are.
Whether within our current organisation or due to circumstance or personal choice changing jobs can be a very challenging experience. This important transition needs thought, focus and discipline. Being able to answer (and write down) “What are the attributes of the next job that are going to fit me?” provides a firm platform for commencing the process of job change. Drucker suggested we ask ourselves the following, “What are my strengths?”, “How do I perform?”, “What are my values?”, “Where do I belong?”, “What should my contribution be?” Answers to these questions in part provide a foundation for managing job search and career development, and prepare us to be alert to career opportunities.
Blog Posted by Garry King, Director – June 2015