529: Self-Management Is the Best Management

12.01.2020 - By The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten

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Today on The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk how self-management is the best management.

Managing yourself is one of the most important skills a person can develop, especially if you want to be a successful leader and manage other people.

In today’s episode of the show, Steli and Hiten what self-management means, the importance of self-management, some principles of good management and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:00 About today’s topic

00:39 Why this topic was chosen.

01:21 Why knowing what you control is super important.

02:25 Why self-managed people are some of the best people to work with.

02:39 What self-management means.

03:38 Why you should start with you.

04:27 Why you should live a truly good life in front of your children.

05:35 How it’s so much easier to tell people what to do.

08:40 The importance of self-management.

09:07 The principles of management.

3 Key Points:

A lot of it has to do with knowing what you control.Self-managed people are some of the best people to work with.Self-management is figuring out what to do and not ask other people what you should be doing.

Steli Efti: Hey everybody, this is Steli Efti.
Hiten Shah: And this is Hiten Shah. And today on The Startup Chat, we're going to talk about how self-management is the best management, because I tweeted that and I think Steli liked it.
Steli Efti: Yeah.
Hiten Shah: And I tweeted it because it just came in my head. I had no rhyme or reason.
Steli Efti: How the fuck do you do this? You're just like, you're just walking down the street and you see birds chirping, and you're like, "Ah, wait a second, before I continue watching these birds. Self-management is the best management." How did it just pop up in your head?
Hiten Shah: I don't know. I just thought about it. I don't know. I just thought about it. I just thought about something and it just popped in my head, and I was like, "Oh, yeah, this is a good one. Let me go share this today." I strongly believe that. And a lot of it has to do with knowing what you control. And you just control yourself and how you manage yourself. And I think that can extend to many different areas. We can talk about it in many different ways, but at the end of the day, I really truly believe self management is really the best management. And one thing, one way, if you are a manager of any kind that you can kind of resonate with this or maybe have some familiarity with the concept, is when you have somebody who you're managing, you're responsible for, and their ability to manage themselves is just incredible. So, the management you have to do is very light because they're bringing what their needs to the table for you. They're documenting things. They're basically managing themselves, which makes it so that you don't have to manage them. And I'm not saying that you shouldn't manage them. I'm not saying that you shouldn't be involved. This isn't even a management style thing. This is literally, self-managed people are some of the best people to work with. Self-managed people are sort of some of the people that have the most ... That appear to be more put together because they're just managing themselves. Even if everything's going to hell in a hand basket or whatever they call it, they're still sitting there capable of basically figuring out what to do. So, a lot of self-management to me is more about figuring out what to do and not having to ask other people what you should be doing. And this applies to so many different scenarios. It's kind of hilarious because it's kind of like this thing where you're taking control of what you can control, and you're not worried about things that are outside of your control. If you think of self-management and think of it as self-management, you could put yourself in that mindset even if you don't have a lot of experience with management or managing people and things, or feel like you're not good at to-do lists,

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