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 Editor  |  August 18, 2008; 8:03 AM ET  | Category:  Management Tip of the Day
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