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It takes far rambled on endlessly about something else. And yet most people—especially most Eisenhower apparently did not know that teachers and most organizations—concen- he was a reader, not a listener.

When he was trate on making incompetent performers into Supreme Commander in Europe, his aides mediocre ones.

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Energy, resources, and time made sure that every question from the press should go instead to making a competent per- was presented in writing at least half an hour son into a star performer. And then Eisenhower was in total command. When he How Do I Perform? Roosevelt and Harry Truman. Both things done.

Indeed, most of us do not even men knew themselves to be listeners and both know that different people work and perform enjoyed free-for-all press conferences. Eisen- differently. Too many people work in ways that hower may have felt that he had to do what his are not their ways, and that almost guarantees two predecessors had done. As a result, he nonperformance.

For knowledge workers, How never even heard the questions journalists do I perform? And Eisenhower is not even an extreme question than What are my strengths? It is a matter of personality.

Whether his presidency, in large measure, by not know- to improve from personality be a matter of nature or nurture, it ing that he was a listener. His predecessor, surely is formed long before a person goes to John Kennedy, was a reader who had assem- incompetence to work. And how a person performs is a given, bled a brilliant group of writers as his assis- mediocrity than to just as what a person is good at or not good at tants, making sure that they wrote to him be- is a given.

Just on writing. He never, apparently, understood as people achieve results by doing what they one word of what they wrote.

Yet as a senator, excellence. A few com- ans have to be, above all, listeners. The listener who tries to be a reader will, to know is whether you are a reader or a lis- therefore, suffer the fate of Lyndon Johnson, tener.

Far too few people even know that whereas the reader who tries to be a listener there are readers and listeners and that peo- will suffer the fate of Dwight Eisenhower. They ple are rarely both. Even fewer know which will not perform or achieve. But some ex- How do I learn? The second thing to know amples will show how damaging such igno- about how one performs is to know how one rance can be.

They tend to remember their school- was the darling of the press. His press confer- ing as pure torture. Yet few of their classmates ences were famous for their style—General remember it the same way. They may not have Eisenhower showed total command of what- enjoyed the school very much, but the worst ever question he was asked, and he was able to they suffered was boredom. The explanation is describe a situation and explain a policy in two that writers do not, as a rule, learn by listening or three beautifully polished and elegant sen- and reading.

They learn by writing. Because tences. Yet when Schools everywhere are organized on the as- he was proposed for an independent command, sumption that there is only one right way to General George Marshall, the U. Indeed, there are probably half a duced, but he would be the worst commander. Some people work best as team members.

There are people, like Churchill, who learn Others work best alone.

Some are exception- by writing. Some people learn by taking copi- ally talented as coaches and mentors; others ous notes. Beethoven, for example, left behind are simply incompetent as mentors. A composed. If I put it making the decision. A good many other peo- into a sketchbook, I never forget it and I never ple, by contrast, need an adviser to force them- have to look it up again.

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Others learn by hearing themselves talk. He was in when promoted to the number one position. Do not try to change the habit of calling his entire senior staff into The top spot requires a decision maker. He would raise policy into the number two spot as their adviser— issues and argue three different positions on and in that position the person is outstanding. Work each one. He rarely asked his associates for But in the number one spot, the same person to improve the way you comments or questions; he simply needed an fails.

He or she knows what the decision should audience to hear himself talk. And although he is a fairly extreme ally making it. Successful trial lawyers Do I perform well under stress, or do I need a learn the same way, as do many medical diag- highly structured and predictable environ- nosticians and so do I. Do I work best in a big organization or Of all the important pieces of self-knowledge, a small one? Few people work well in all understanding how you learn is the easiest to kinds of environments.

Again and again, I acquire. And the re- few answer yes. And yet, acting on this knowl- verse is equally true. But work hard to improve the way you Am I a reader or a listener?

And try not to take on work you can- learn?

But they not perform or will only perform poorly. This is not a ask, In what relationship? With respect to ethics, the Some people work best as subordinates. Gen- rules are the same for everybody, and the test eral George Patton, the great American military is a simple one. The results of either strategy may be ers was the German ambassador in London.

The king was a notorious womanizer Whether a business should be run for short- and made it clear what kind of dinner he term results or with a focus on the long term is wanted.

The ambassador is reported to have likewise a question of values. Successful businesspeo- That is the mirror test. Ethics requires that ple know better.

To be sure, every company you ask yourself, What kind of person do I has to produce short-term results. But in any want to see in the mirror in the morning? This is not primarily a disagree- other. But ethics is only part of a value sys- ment about economics. One of the fastest-growing pas- own condemns a person both to frustration toral churches in the United States measures and to nonperformance. Consider the experience of a highly success- Its leadership believes that what matters is ful human resources executive whose com- how many newcomers join the congregation.

Another pastoral, evan- selecting people for important positions. The church eases should hire people for such positions from the out newcomers who join but do not enter into outside only after exhausting all the inside pos- its spiritual life.

But her new company believed in Again, this is not a matter of numbers. They are, however, funda- does. Its growth, in other words, is more solid. They bespeak different views of the re- secondarily so. It is a problem about values. Her values and the Organizations, like people, have values. They do not need to be the same, pany tries to obtain results by making constant, but they must be close enough to coexist. This is the way it should be struc- plementary.

These are the kind of results you should ex- strengths. In that case, the work may not appear Successful careers are not planned. Many years ago, I too had to decide be- Knowing where one belongs can transform an tween my values and what I was doing success- ordinary person—hardworking and compe- fully. I was doing very well as a young invest- tent but otherwise mediocre—into an out- ment banker in London in the mids, and standing performer.

People, I realized, were what I val- Throughout history, the great majority of peo- ued, and I saw no point in being the richest ple never had to ask the question, What man in the cemetery. I had no money and no should I contribute?

They were told what to other job prospects. Despite the continuing contribute, and their tasks were dictated ei- Depression, I quit—and it was the right thing ther by the work itself—as it was for the peas- to do.

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Values, in other words, are and should ant or artisan—or by a master or a mistress— be the ultimate test. Even in the s and s, the even very well and where they belong. Physi- Then in the late s, no one wanted to be cians usually decide on their careers in their told what to do any longer. Young men and teens, if not earlier. But most people, espe- women began to ask, What do I want to do? Very few of the people who believed three questions: What are my strengths?

But still, there is no return to the old an- Or rather, they should be able to decide swer of doing what you are told or assigned to where they do not belong. The person who do. Knowledge workers in particular have to has learned that he or she does not perform learn to ask a question that has not been well in a big organization should have learned asked before: What should my contribution to say no to a position in one. The person who be? To answer it, they must address three dis- has learned that he or she is not a decision tinct elements: What does the situation re- maker should have learned to say no to a deci- quire?

Given my strengths, my way of per- sion-making assignment. A General Patton forming, and my values, how can I make the who probably never learned this himself greatest contribution to what needs to be should have learned to say no to an indepen- done? Equally important, knowing the answer to Consider the experience of a newly ap- these questions enables a person to say to an pointed hospital administrator.

Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker Summary

But this is the way I should be coasting on its reputation for 30 years. Even years. Drucker expounds how you can achieve true and lasting excellence by operating from a combination of your strengths and self-knowledge. To cultivate a deep understanding of yourself you need to ask yourself five fundamental questions: What are my most valuable strengths and most dangerous weaknesses? How do I learn and work with others?

What are my most deeply held values? And in what type of work environment can I make the greatest contribution? Want to read more about how to become your own Chief Executive Officer and drive your professional career? Drucker describes how you can build a life of excellence in a world full of unprecedented opportunities. The main idea behind it is simple: Focus on your strengths and cultivate a deep understanding of yourself. You need to learn more about yourself than mere insights into your strengths and weaknesses.

You also need to understand how you learn, how you work with others, what your values are, and where you can make the greatest contribution. Only then will you achieve true and lasting excellence.

What are my strengths? To discover your strengths, you need to use feedback analysis. Every time you make a key decision or take a key action, write down what you expect will happen.

Practiced consistently, the method will show you where your strengths lie and will also show what you are doing or failing to do that deprives you of the full benefits of your strengths. What results are you skilled at generating? What abilities do you need to enhance in order to get the results you want?

What unproductive habits are preventing you from creating the outcomes you desired? Instead, concentrate on — and build on — your strengths. Surprisingly few people know how to get things done. Instead, focus on working hard to improve the way you perform. To know how you perform, you need to understand accurately in what ways you work best. Do you process information most effectively by reading it, or by hearing others discuss it?The main idea behind it is simple: Focus on your strengths and cultivate a deep understanding of yourself.

To cultivate a deep understanding of yourself you need to ask yourself five fundamental questions: What are my most valuable strengths and most dangerous weaknesses? First, the results should each is entitled to work in his or her way. It will also Comparing your expectations with your re- Graduate University in Claremont, Cali- show the gaps in your knowledge—and those sults also indicates what not to do. Successful businesspeo- That is the mirror test.

They are wrong about their own perspective. But some ex- How do I learn?

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