Learning how to Take Initiative is not just another skill you must possess to pass an interview. In today’s highly competitive world, I regard ‘Taking Initiative’ as the number one skill you must possess to make it. To get a job, to keep your job, to get a pay rise, to excel in the Marketplace, to be a good parent, to be a great friend, to be relevant in your community, you need to be a serial Initiative Taker. Today, I talk about the fear of the unknown or the fear of the known in Taking Initiative, plus I share my 'Must See' Slides for a Taking Initiative Training I facilitated this week. This training slides anchor everything I'll teach in this series, and You'll Love the animated slides.
“You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. - Zig Ziglar”
Today we will explore the third and final stone in understanding the science of Taking Initiative. In Taking Initiative Part 2, I showed you the full slides to the presentation I did that gives an overview of this Taking Initiative Series. In Taking Initiative Part 4 – Personalised Goals, we talked about the First Stepping Stone and in Taking Initiative Part 6 – Proactive, we talked about the Second Stepping Stone.
This 3 Stone strategy to Taking Initiative is credited to Michael Frese and Doris Fay’s work in PI (Personal Initiative) University of Giessen and University of Amsterdam.
“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph. ” – Anonymous
This series has only 1 objective, ‘to make you a serial initiative taker – where Taking Initiative becomes a science that can be mastered.’
The Third and Final Stepping Stone in the Science of Taking Initiative is ...
Being proactive is not a mysterious quality that we have, or don’t have. It is a way of dealing with things, that we can develop and strengthen. -- ProactiveChange.comThe definitions attached to being proactive can be vague, confusing and make little sense to an average person. Definitions like “Don’t wait for someone to tell you to do something before you do it” “Don't wait for someone to tell you there is a problem. Know when problems are occurring and fix them.” “It means taking "action" when there is no guidance.” Ok, I get it, but how do I take action, how do I know that something is going to happen in the future that requires attention now? Experience does help at this stage. But if you don’t have experience, then you are probably stuck too. So you’ll be happy to know that I am not giving you anymore definitions, but rather Actual Steps and Resources to make you act proactively. The key to mastering Being Proactive is ...
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” - George Bernhard Shaw (Mrs. Warren’s Profession 1893)Today I unveil the First Stone in the science of Taking Initiative and I give a practical example of how to get it done with a step by step guide. This series has only 1 objective, ‘to make you a serial initiative taker - where Taking Initiative becomes a science that can be mastered.’ The very first Stepping Stone in the science of Taking Initiative is ...