One of the first steps in a rigorous design process,
and the place where I start when I’m preparing for the final quarter of the year, is to look closely at my biggest and most impactful achievements so far.
As one of the most influential contemporary thinkers in business performance, Peter Drucker says in his 1999 Harvard Business Review article, Managing Oneself,
“Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong. And yet a person can only perform from strength. One cannot build performance on weaknesses. … The only way to discover your strengths is through feedback analysis. …write down what you expect and nine months later compare actual results with expectations. I have been practicing this method for 15 to 20 years now, and every time I do it, I am surprised.”
In the Autumn Strategy Session For Year End business owners and independent professionals like you newly identified areas of their true strengths. Most of the time I think I know my true strengths. Teachers, friends, colleagues and mentors have told me about them. However, even Peter Drucker was surprised after 20 years of practicing this process with what he discovered about his true strengths. Observing my actual performance over time is a far better measure of my strengths.
At the beginning of the Strategy Session, we discussed in-depth areas of achievement in our business to date. As a result participants committed to allocating more resources to these areas in the 4th quarter and planned for bigger results at year’s end.
Start by taking a quick look
at your biggest achievements so far this year. It will reveal the area(s) of your natural strengths. Next, review your existing major time and resource commitments for the remainder of this year to determine whether or not your are using your natural strengths.
Ask yourself, how you could change the allocation of your time
and resources to the areas of your true strengths rather than problems and areas of weakness? By investing most of your time in the areas of your true strengths, you will end the year with greater results.