The more you tackle “knowledge work”, the more you work in the realm of ideas, the farther you get from having a traditional manager. A manager is that person who tells you exactly what to do, exactly when to do this, exactly where to do it, etc. The manager directs your every action.
And, in the past, a lot of jobs were done with more efficiency and greater productivity because of the fine work done by managers. Today, many still are. But increasingly, we are in a “I have to manage my own work” world. Today, many more of us are functioning without some such directive voice. Thus, we have to become our own managers.
It took Peter Drucker just a few sentences to get to the heart of the matter in his essay Managing Oneself. Here is the key excerpt:
Companies today aren’t managing their employees’ careers; knowledge workers must…
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