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PDF | On Jan 1, , Dr Tanaji Rathod and others published managing Source: The Book Review: HBR's 10 Must Reads: The Essentials •“The need to manage oneself is therefore creating a revolution in human affairs”. But with opportunity comes responsibility. Companies today aren't managing their employees' careers; knowledge workers must, effectively, be. BEFORE I PUBLISHED The Innovator's Dilemma, I got a call from. Andrew Grove, then the chairman of Intel. He had read one of my early papers about.

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Language English Spanish. downloading for your team? Add to Cart. He or she knows what the decision should be but cannot accept the responsibility of actually making it. Other important questions to ask include, Do I perform well under stress, or do I need a highly structured and predictable environment? Do I work best in a big organization or a small one?

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Few people work well in all kinds of environments. And the reverse is equally true. 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. What Are My Values? This is not a question of ethics. With respect to ethics, the rules are the same for everybody, and the test is a simple one.

Yet in he abruptly resigned rather than preside over a dinner given by the diplomatic corps for Edward VII. The king was a notorious womanizer and made it clear what kind of dinner he wanted.

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.

Consider the experience of a highly successful human resources executive whose company was acquired by a bigger organization. After the acquisition, she was promoted to do the kind of work she did best, which included selecting people for important positions.

The executive deeply believed that a company should hire people for such positions from the outside only after exhausting all the inside possibilities. They are, however, fundamentally incompatible—not as policies but as values.

Her values and the values of the organization simply were not compatible. The results of either strategy may be pretty much the same. Whether a business should be run for shortterm results or with a focus on the long term is likewise a question of values.

Financial analysts believe that businesses can be run for both simultaneously. Successful businesspeople know better.

To be sure, every company has to produce short-term results. This is not primarily a disagreement about economics. One of the fastest-growing pastoral churches in the United States measures success by the number of new parishioners. Its leadership believes that what matters is how many newcomers join the congregation.

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The church eases out newcomers who join but do not enter into its spiritual life. Again, this is not a matter of numbers. Its growth, in other words, is more solid. This is also not a theological problem, or only secondarily so. It is a problem about 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 also will not produce results. If I may, allow me to interject a personal note. Many years ago, I too had to decide between my values and what I was doing successfully.

Yet I did not see myself making a contribution as an asset manager. People, I realized, were what I valued, and I saw no point in being the richest man in the cemetery.

I had no money and no other job prospects. Despite the continuing Depression, I quit—and it was the right thing to do. Values, in other words, are and should be the ultimate test.

A small number of people know very early where they belong. Physicians usually decide on their careers in their teens, if not earlier. But most people, especially highly gifted people, do not really know where they belong until they are well past their mid-twenties.

By that time, however, they should know the answers to the three questions: What are my strengths? How do I perform? And then they can and should decide where they belong. Or rather, they should be able to decide where they do not belong. The person who has learned that he or she does not perform well in a big organization should have learned to say no to a position in one.

The person who has learned that he or she is not a decision maker should have learned to say no to a decision-making assignment. A General Patton who probably never learned this himself should have learned to say no to an independent command.

But this is the way I should be doing it. This is the way it should be structured. This is the way the relationships should be. These are the kind of results you should expect from me, and in this time frame, because this is who I am. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values. Knowing where one belongs can transform an ordinary person—hardworking and competent but otherwise mediocre—into an outstanding performer.

What Should I Contribute? Throughout history, the great majority of people never had to ask the question, What should I contribute? They were told what to contribute, and their tasks were dictated either by the work itself—as it was for the peasant or artisan—or by a master or a mistress— as it was for domestic servants.

And until very recently, it was taken for granted that most people were subordinates who did as they were told.

Then in the late s, no one wanted to be told what to do any longer. Young men and women began to ask, What do I want to do? But still, there is no return to the old answer of doing what you are told or assigned to do.

Knowledge workers in particular have to learn to ask a question that has not been asked before: What should my contribution be? To answer it, they must address three distinct elements: What does the situation require? Given my strengths, my way of performing, and my values, how can I make the greatest contribution to what needs to be done? Consider the experience of a newly appointed hospital administrator. The hospital was big and prestigious, but it had been coasting on its reputation for 30 years.

He chose to focus on the emergency room, which was big, visible, and sloppy.

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As this example suggests, it is rarely possible—or even particularly fruitful—to look too far ahead. 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?

The answer must balance several things. But also, they should be within reach. To aim at results that cannot be achieved—or that can be only under the most unlikely circumstances—is not being ambitious; it is being foolish. Second, the results should be meaningful. They should make a difference. Finally, results should be visible and, if at all possible, measurable.

From this will come a course of action: what to do, where and how to start, and what goals and deadlines to set. Responsibility for Relationships Very few people work by themselves and achieve results by themselves—a few great artists, a few great scientists, a few great athletes.

Most people work with others and are effective with other people. That is true whether they are members of an organization or independently employed. Managing yourself requires taking responsibility for relationships. This has two parts. They perversely insist on behaving like human beings. This means that they too have their strengths; they too have their ways of getting things done; they too have their values. To be effective, therefore, you have to know the strengths, the performance modes, and the values of your coworkers.

Even if the next boss is a listener, the person goes on writing reports that, invariably, produce no results. Invariably the boss will think the employee is stupid, incompetent, and lazy, and he or she will fail.

But that could have been avoided if the employee had only looked at the new boss and analyzed how this boss performs. The same holds true for all your coworkers.

Each works his or her way, not your way. And each is entitled to work in his or her way. What matters is whether they perform and what their values are. As for how they perform— each is likely to do it differently.

Working relationships are as much based on the people as they are on the work. The second part of relationship responsibility is taking responsibility for communication.


Most of these arise from the fact that people do not know what other people are doing and how they do their work, or what contribution the other people are concentrating on and what results they expect. And the reason they do not know is that they have not asked and therefore have not been told. Until recently, it was unnecessary to tell any of these things to anybody.

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In the medieval city, everyone in a district plied the same trade. In the countryside, everyone in a valley planted the same crop as soon as the frost was out of the ground. Today the great majority of people work The first secret of effectiveness is to understand the people you work with so that you can make use of their strengths. The marketing vice president may have come out of sales and know everything about sales, but she knows nothing about the things she has never done—pricing, advertising, packaging, and the like.

So the people who do these things must make sure that the marketing vice president understands what they are trying to do, why they are trying to do it, how they are going to do it, and what results to expect.

If the marketing vice president does not understand what these high-grade knowledge specialists are doing, it is primarily their fault, not hers. They have not educated her. They are afraid of being thought presumptuous or inquisitive or stupid. They are wrong. This is how I work. These are my values. The existence of trust between people does not necessarily mean that they like one another.

It means that they understand one another. Taking responsibility for relationships is therefore an absolute necessity. It is a duty. The Second Half of Your Life When work for most people meant manual labor, there was no need to worry about the second half of your life.

You simply kept on doing what you had always done. And if you were lucky enough to survive 40 years of hard work in the mill or on the railroad, you were quite happy to spend the rest of your life doing nothing. We hear a great deal of talk about the midlife crisis of the executive. It is mostly boredom. At 45, most executives have reached the peak of their business careers, and they know it.

After 20 years of doing very much the same kind of work, they are very good at their jobs.

But they are not learning or contributing or deriving challenge and satisfaction from the job. And yet they are still likely to face another 20 if not 25 years of work.

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That is why managing oneself increasingly leads one to begin a second career. There are three ways to develop a second career. Often this takes nothing more than moving from one kind of organization to another: the divisional controller in a large corporation, for instance, becomes the controller of a medium-sized hospital. Such people have substantial skills, and they know how to work.

They need a community—the house is empty with the children gone—and they need income as well. But above all, they need challenge. The second way to prepare for the second half of your life is to develop a parallel career. They might take over the administration of their church, for instance, or the presidency of the local Girl Scouts council.

Finally, there are the social entrepreneurs. They love their work, but it no longer challenges them. In many cases they keep on doing what they have been doing all along but spend less and less of their time on it. My friend Bob Buford, for example, built a very successful television company that he still runs.

People who manage the second half of their lives may always be a minority. But it is this minority, the men and women who see a long working-life expectancy as an opportunity both for themselves and for society, who will become leaders and models. There is one prerequisite for managing the second half of your life: You must begin long before you enter it. That has not happened. If one does not begin to volunteer before one is 40 or so, one will not volunteer once past Similarly, all the social entrepreneurs I know began to work in their chosen second enterprise long before they reached their peak in their original business.

Consider the example of a successful lawyer, the legal counsel to a large corporation, who has started a venture to establish model schools in his state. He began to do volunteer legal work for the schools when he was around He was elected to the school board at age He is, however, still working nearly full-time as the lead counsel in the company he helped found as a young lawyer.

There is another reason to develop a second major interest, and to develop it early. No one can expect to live very long without experiencing a serious setback in his or her life or work. There is the competent engineer who is passed over for promotion at age At such times, a second major interest—not just a hobby—may make all the difference. The engineer, for example, now knows that he has not been very successful in his job.

But in his outside activity—as church treasurer, for example—he is a success.

In a society in which success has become so terribly important, having options will become increasingly vital. The only mobility was downward mobility. In a knowledge society, however, we expect everyone to be a success. This is clearly an impossibility. For a great many people, there is at best an absence of failure.

Wherever there is success, there has to be failure. The challenges of managing oneself may seem obvious, if not elementary. But managing oneself requires new and unprecedented things from the individual, and especially from the knowledge worker.

Further, the shift from manual workers who do as they are told There is one prerequisite for managing the second half of your life: You must begin doing so long before you enter it. Every existing society, even the most individualistic one, takes two things for granted, if only subconsciously: that organizations outlive workers, and that most people stay put. But today the opposite is true. Knowledge workers outlive organizations, and they are page 28 mobile.

The need to manage oneself is therefore creating a revolution in human affairs. Reprint RK To order, see the next page or call or or go to www. Drucker by T. Corporations once built to last like the pyramids are now more like tents, he says. Thus individuals need to take responsibility for their own careers. Instead of assuming a traditional career trajectory up the corporate ladder, think in terms of a succession of professional assignments or projects.World leader - Cadbury is the worlds leader in chocolates.

That has not happened. SWOT analysis of Tesco. Johnson kept these people on his staff—and they kept on writing. It is a 3 or 4 digit number appearing on the front or back of your credit card.

Reaktor , a Finnish software and design consultancy with employees has a flat hierarchy and self-managing teams, and also shares all the relevant business numbers with all of their employees.

As a result, a problem or process thats addressed using the SWOT tool may be thought of in terms Tesco Back Ground Service - Having a Support desk to facilitate customer experience and issues.