Individual Development

Today I share a piece from one of the World’s Management legend – Peter F. Drucker  on ‘Individual Development’.

Most times and naturally so we strive to have a rank in an organisation.  And there are indeed organisations that give the rank without the responsibility or job enrichment required for growth on the job. An example, you get a supervisory role, but your superior either deliberately or inadvertently still directly supervises your own team on almost all issues.  Most times Managers make attempts to justify this, but it ought not to be where the right structure is in place and effort is made at its implementation.

There are also moments where people wrongly assume that their career growth is dependent on how challenging the organisation or business owners make their job.  They fail to bring in the required push, creativity or extra-mile needed to stand out on the job.  

Here’s Peter F. Drucker’s piece so apt and relevant for today’s organisation.

“Individual Development

The person with the most responsibility for an individual’s development is the person himself – not the boss.  The first priority for one’s own development is to strive for excellence.  Workmanship counts, not just because it makes such a difference in the quality of the job done, but because it makes such a difference in the person doing the job.  Expect the job to provide stimulus only if you work on your own self-renewal, only if you create the excitement, the challenge, the transformation that makes an old job enriching over and over again.  The more effective road to self-renewal is to look for the unexpected success and run with it.

The critical factor for success is accountability – holding yourself accountable.  Everything else flows from that.  The important thing is not that you have rank, but that you have responsibility.  To be accountable, you must take the job seriously enough to recognize:  I have got to grow up the job.  By focusing on accountability, people take a bigger view of themselves.  Strive for excellence.” 

The piece ended with ‘Strive for Excellence’. Yes, strive for excellence.   Remember social media life has not taken away the genuine and good old need organisations have to serve their customers, earn revenue, keep the business afloat, beat competition and deal with varied environmental and political challenges. Make your membership of that organisation truly count. When you strive for excellence in building an organisation, you build yourself and the greatest beneficially will be you.

I hope this has been helpful.  If you like what you have read, do visit the Resources –Careers’ section of my website for more job search and career guides. And remember to click the share button to share this with your network, like, comment or ask questions below. I will be glad to interact with you.

My best wishes in your career journey.

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