It took me about 30 minutes to finish reading Peter F. Drucker’s Managing Oneself. It’s a small book as you can see on the picture at the end of this blog post. But needless to say—it contained lots of valuable ideas. In this book review, I’ll share some of the ideas in the book as well as my thoughts about it.
Know Your Strengths And Your Weaknesses
Most people think that they know what they are good at—but they are usually wrong, according to Peter. The same goes with weaknesses—the majority of people do not know what they should avoid doing. That’s the core concept of the book “avoid your weaknesses and work with your strengths.” It’s much easier to become a master from your strengths than it is to become mediocre from your weakness.
The Best Way To Find Out Your Strengths And Weaknesses
The number one way to find out what your good or bad at is through feedback analysis. Whenever you make a key decision; write the outcome that you expect after 9-12 months. When 9-12 months has gone by, you compare the expected result with the actual result. This way you’ll know for sure if you’re deluding yourself. Perhaps you thought it was your strength, but the results show differently. Or, you’ll find your strength when you discover that the results were better than expected.
How Do You Learn?
Do you learn by listening or reading? Or, do you learn by writing and taking notes? Some people enjoy reading blogs while other’s enjoys listening to podcasts. How do you best retain the information? Whatever way works best for you, know it and work with it!
What’s Your Work Environment?
Just because a person is doing poorly in a bigger organization—doesn’t mean that he is bad at his profession. Some people work best in small organizations while other’s thrive in a bigger one. In what work environment do you belong? Do you enjoy working alone or do you work best with a team? Do you work best with a team of 2-3 people, 5-10 or even 20+?
Values And Contribution
In managing oneself, Peter goes into the concept of values. Sometimes, a person’s strengths might not be aligned with their own values or the company’s values. Peter takes an example of how he quit his job as an investment banker even though he was really good at it. But it didn’t align with his values—he wanted to contribute in another way. Aim to work with something that aligns with both your values and strengths.
Use This Knowledge To Improve Relationships
Peter advises one to look for the strength and weakness in not only yourself—but in other’s as well. Let’s say your spouse is learning by reading, and you’re always telling him/her something. It might not be your spouse’s fault for forgetting about it. Instead, work with your spouse’s strength by giving the information in a written format.
The last part of Managing Oneself is called the second half of your life. In that part, Peter explains that it might be good to change career after you’re 45+ even though you’re successful. If you no longer find the current work fulfilling, look for ways to start a new one. Perhaps you begin part time with your second career.
My Thoughts On Managing Oneself
The idea of feedback analysis got me thinking about my strengths and weaknesses. I will begin to use it in everything I do from here on out. Peter said that after your mid 20’s, you should be able to answer what you’re good at—or at least, what are you not good at.
To be honest, I’m struggling a little bit with finding my strengths and weaknesses. I don’t want to be guessing because as Mr. Drucker said: “Most people are wrong in answering these questions.” I believe that the key is being patient. Time will tell whether or not something is right or wrong.
Do I recommend this book? Yes, I definitely do. I’ve wanted to read it for a long time, but I never got around to it. Now I know the core message of the book, and I’m sure that I will reread Managing Oneself many times. After all, it only took me 30 minutes to read.
If you want to check out this book, you can purchase it from Amazon here. Like I’ve mentioned, it’s a small book so don’t be surprised when you receive it.
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