“Successful careers are not planned. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values.”
This is what top management guru, Peter Drucker once wrote on the topic of managing oneself and managing one’s career, in an article published, in the Harvard Business Review.
The reference point to all this of course, is in our life purpose/ mission statement and core values. There we have all the information about who we are, what we want and where we are going.
But what does it really mean to manage yourself?
According to Drucker, “Successful careers are not planned”: It is rarely possible—or even particularly fruitful—to look too far ahead. A plan should usually cover no more than a year and a half. When we use our mission statement as a reference, nothing is planned. The parameters are simple set. The who we are, the what we want and the why we want it. The how is still to come. We do not want the how to be crammed into a certain box, signed and sealed. Life is too complicated for such simplistic solutions.
So the question in most cases should be: “Where and how can I achieve results that will make a difference within the next year and a half ?” It is a general question that asks for an answer. And answers will depend on circumstances. The main thing here is confidence. When one has his mission statement or life purpose in mind, his North is clear. Changes in territory can only be interesting- not threatening. Setting goals is part of our creative life as professionals and a natural part of our creative process of manifesting our goals.
The answer on where and how to achieve results must have these three components:
Don't try to change yourself to suit . Instead, concentrate on:
If you do that, you can transform yourself from an ordinary worker into an outstanding performer....There are benefits in performing from our core being and knowing one’s self – as the Greek philosopher Socrates so rightly said 2500 years ago. To "Know Thyself" is everything.
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