Managing Oneself – 10 Thoughts & Quotes on improving your performance from the book by Peter F. Drucker.

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.

Discover where your intellectual arrogance is causing disabling ignorance and overcome it.

Go to work on acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to fully realize your strengths.

Comparing your expectations with results also indicates what not to do. We all have a vast number of areas in which we have no talent or skill and little chance of becoming even mediocre. In those areas a person, especially a knowledge worker–not not take on work, jobs, and assignments.

Energy, resources, and time, should go instead to making a competent person a star performer.

How do I perform? may be an even more important question than what are my strengths?

Writer vs Listener

Do I produce results as a decision maker or as an advisor?

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.

Discover where your intellectual arrogance is causing disabling ignorance and overcome it.

Go to work on acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to fully realize your strengths.

Comparing your expectations with results also indicates what not to do. We all have a vast number of areas in which we have no talent or skill and little chance of becoming even mediocre. In those areas a person, especially a knowledge worker–not not take on work, jobs, and assignments.

Energy, resources, and time, should go instead to making a competent person a star performer.

How do I perform? may be an even more important question than what are my strengths?

Writer vs Listener

Do I produce results as a decision maker or as an advisor?

The conclusion bears repeating: Do not try to change yourself–you are unlikely to succeed. But work hard to improve the way you perform. And try not to take on work you cannot perform or will only perform poorly.

This is the mirror test. Ethics requires that you ask yourself, What kind of person do I want to see in the mirror in the morning? What is ethical behavior in one kind of organization or situation is ethical behavior in another. But ethics is only part of a value system–especially of an organization’s value system.

To work in an organization whose value system is unacceptable or incompatible with one’s own condemns a person both to frustration and to nonperformance.

Organizations like people, have values. To be effective in an organization, a person’s values must be compatible with the organization’s values. They do not need to be the same, but they must be close enough to coexist. Otherwise, the person will not only be frustrated, but will also not produce results.

You can find Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker on Amazon

You can find Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker on Amazon

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