To Manage Your Career, Understand Your Strengths

Companies today aren't managing employees' careers. So it's up to you to carve out your place in the work world, know when to change course, and keep yourself engaged and productive during your work life.

One way to do this is to accurately identify your strengths. Here's how: Every time you make a key decision, record the outcome you expect. Several months later, compare the actual results with your expected results. Look for patterns in these comparisons. What results are you skilled at generating? What abilities could you enhance to get the results you want? Build on your existing strengths, instead of cultivating skill areas where you have little competence.

Today's Management Tip of the Day was adapted from the HBR article, "Managing Oneself," by Peter F. Drucker.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  July 15, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Management Tip of the Day
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I hope that I am not the only one that is enjoying this new series and the links to the HBR articles.

Strengthening your strengths instead of your weaknesses is a concept that I hear a lot today from a lot of different sources which makes me think twice.

I do like the idea of formally tracking your decisions and outcomes and looking for paterns. I think decision making is one of my strengths and looking for patterns this way had not occured to me.

Posted by: jjsaluki | July 15, 2008 12:29 PM

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