There are two global strategies for building a career; the first is a gradual increase in strengths and a reduction in weaknesses. The second one is the transformation of vulnerabilities to a decent level. According to Drucker (2018), a manager needs to use all possible strengths of employees, partners, administrators, and personal qualities to achieve results. Making strengths as productive as possible is the actual goal of any organization (Drucker, 2018). This is why an approach to work or study based on the personality’s strengths is beneficial, combining self-knowledge and respect for others’ desires and preferences.
For instance, the way of choosing a specialization can be described as adopting this principle. First, a person should draw up the broadest possible list of industries, domains that correspond to interests, vocation, and approximate income. Classifiers and job descriptions and resume of job sites can also be useful; then, a person should evaluate them from the point of view of compliance with the strengths and weaknesses. Using this method allows people to build a successful career and, at the same time, experience a sense of joy and satisfaction from the work process (van Woerkom et al., 2016). The ability to anticipate risks can become one of the most critical talents if the person is a risk assessor, lawyer, or advisor to the director.
Neglecting strengths can also have negative consequences. People may believe that their weaknesses will disappear over time, but their strengths will remain the same. For instance, people who consider themselves kind, being confident that this will never change cannot take the time to cultivate their kindness. They can give up something in life to become a volunteer or help other people; instead, they let this quality disappear. Concerning weaknesses, the correct approach is to take them into account while combining awareness, responsibility, and implementing a strategy based on your strengths (Collins, 2016). Managers can ask themselves questions whether they are aware of how their actions and behavior and certain shortcomings undermine the authority as a leader and hinder success (van Woerkom et al., 2016). Strong personality traits develop differently; they improve naturally and dynamically, supported by the ability to learn quickly and with occasional sights of outstanding results.
Count Your Time, And Make It Count
Taking one task at a time, without being distracted by anything else, is the secret to actual productivity. Drucker (2018) points out that influential leaders do the most important tasks first and never do several important ones simultaneously. The need for concentration is inherent in the nature of leadership (Drucker, 2018). Single-tasking helps to diminish the number of distractions and interruptions (Collins, 2016). This principle applies to teach and work, which should work everywhere. For example, if several tasks are scheduled, being not automated, they should be performed one at a time in turn. Concentration on one specific task supports achieving the positive results for each of them and shows a high-efficiency level in a shorter period; moreover, it can manage stress levels.
If a person scheduled two easy or inessential assignments, there would be no problem for them to be performed simultaneously. One real-life example might be time spending with family and friends when it is better to put a smartphone or any gadget aside and devote the moment entirely to communication. In this case, the quality of conversation will improve, deepening the relationship between loved ones. There is also a time management technique such as the time-blocking system that divides a day according to the types of activities performed, making it possible to avoid distractions while completing daily tasks. Such a time control scheme can increase productivity; for instance, a person is not distracted by household chores as he or she knows that they can be done in an allotted time. It is crucial to prioritize correctly, primarily to distribute tasks according to the degree of their importance accurately and to plan the working day. In the process, it is vital not to drown in a powerful stream of information that prevents people from concentrating on the main point.
In terms of the education process, due to multitasking, students pay attention to the various sources of information in their environment without adequately focusing on the most relevant information for the task at hand. However, according to research provided by Shin et al. (2019), people can master the art of multitasking by practicing. These days, people live in the multimedia world, developing and perfect memory mechanisms (Shin et al., 2019). They perform better when distracted and accommodated than when they focus on just one task without being distracted. It is best to operate in digital multitasking mode only when it comes to leisure and entertainment related to computer technology. When it comes to important tasks, it is best to focus on just one charge. If a person writes, then he or she should focus on the writing process. As long as a person sends an email, the focus should be only on it, since accessing several resources at the same time can easily distract and, therefore, negatively affect the result of the task.
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