A person we know who exemplifies leadership, who is engaged in constant change and personal improvement for themselves over time, sent us this recently, and it has so much wisdom. It’s from Peter Drucker, who was a management genius, which means he was a people genius. If you’ve not heard the name before, you will when you go through bschool. He was at Harvard Business School for years and years and is credited with many important management theories and innovations.
This HBR article is called Managing Oneself . It was first published in 1999 and again showed up when Mr. Drucker died in 2005, and it makes the rounds again from time to time. Here it is as a PDF on our server in case that original link ever goes away.
Now that you have gotten through this intensity of getting those Round 2 applications in, and since it’s the New Year which often prompts introspection and goal-setting, then we figured this was timely.
When you read through his advice, you may nod along and think, “Oh wow, interesting, this sounds so smart.”
That does nothing.
What creates change is if you are to change.
So as you read along, take notes. There are concrete actionable recommendations in this piece.
Implementing them would take some effort, but not that much. The results would likely seriously astound you.
Change is effort. It’s not hard, it just takes making a decision.
And then later on, another decision, when you’re tempted to blow it off. Those decisions are each the same in the moment.
That’s how you build a great life.