Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Enhance your strengths: Peter Drucker and Marcus Buckingham agree.

You're pretty good... Hone the skills that will make you the best!

The management guru, Peter Drucker, in his classic article, “Managing Oneself" states: “One should waste as little effort as possible on improving areas of low competence. 

"In terms of managing human capital to drive the bottom line, most companies operate on two false assumptions. One is that people can be anything they want to be if they try hard enough. The second is that each person's greatest room for growth is in his or her areas of greatest weakness." --March Buckingham

"It takes far more energy and work to improve from in-competence to mediocrity than it takes to improve from first-rate performance to excellence." --Peter Drucker

1. What are you good at?  (This first step is important, give it sufficient effort and time)
  • Check your test scores
  • Ask friends, co-workers, family 
  • Take a self-assessment test
2. What can you do to further improve those skills?
  • You're good at approaching people and starting conversations so you attend networking functions to further practice this skill
  • You got an A in finance so you start reading the Wall Street Journal Finance section and looking at stock trends in your free time. 
  • People often look to you for direction so you practice leadership skills by volunteering to head up a committee or team. 
These skill enhancing activities can be added to your resume and make you feel more fulfilled by your capabilities. 

In the comment section below tell me: 
What are your strengths?

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