The Product of Me
15 years ago, Peter Drucker, one of the best-known and most widely influential thinkers and writers on the subject of management theory and practice of the twentieth century, is quoted in an article entitledManaging Oneself as saying that “Companies today aren’t managing their knowledge workers’ careers. Rather, we must each be our own chief executive officer. [To do well], you’ll need to cultivate a deep understanding of yourself. Only when you operate from a combination of your strengths and self-knowledge can you achieve true – and lasting – excellence.” Never is this truer than it is today, as we continue to navigate significant, and permanent changes involving global workforce solutions.
Virtually all global economic activity is in some form of transition in this Digital Age, and this includes the world of employment. The old certainties of work and career no longer apply. Swings in unemployment are commonplace, and job tenure for those that are employed is compressing. All of this human resource activity in the Digital Age has led to an advent of job boards and networking tools that have expanded the traditional search functions for job seekers. But progressive professionals in particular are seeking more…and they need more. They are no longer satisfied to be merely being on a company’s payroll. Everyone needs to be proactively managing their career development in a meaningful and compelling way.