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  • Writer's pictureReeshemah Davis

Take Action! Be Proactive!

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

I get asked this question all the time…

How can I get my staff to be proactive and take the initiative in creating solutions within the organization? I decided to take to the blog!

First and foremost, proactivity is a critical quality that can drive success and innovation within the organization. It is the ability to take the initiative and act independently to address problems and opportunities rather than simply reacting to situations as they arise.

Cultivating proactivity within your organization can lead to increased efficiency, creativity, and success. Sounds simple enough, right? It's something that you have to embed into your organizational culture, as would any expectant behavior.

So, how can you increase proactiveness within your organization? Here are a few strategies to consider:

  1. Encourage a growth mindset. Encourage leaders to view challenges as opportunities for learning and growth rather than obstacles to be avoided. Please encourage leaders to take on new projects and responsibilities and provide resources and support for them to do so. This will help leaders develop a proactive mindset and be more willing to take the initiative and try new things.

  2. Foster a culture of accountability. Hold leaders accountable for their actions and encourage them to take ownership of their work. This will help them feel more responsible for the outcomes of their activities and encourage them to be proactive in finding solutions to problems.

  3. Provide quality training and development opportunities. Offer training and development opportunities to help leaders build the skills and knowledge they need to be proactive. This may include training in problem-solving, decision-making, and communication and opportunities to work on cross-functional teams or take on leadership roles. By giving leaders the tools and skills needed to be proactive, you can help them feel more confident and capable in their work.

  4. Foster open communication. Encourage open and honest communication within the organization. This will help employees feel comfortable sharing their ideas and concerns and allow for more collaboration and proactive problem-solving. An open communication culture can also help foster trust and respect among leaders, encouraging proactivity.

  5. Emphasize the importance of proactivity. Make it clear that proactivity is valued within the organization. Recognize and reward employees who take the initiative and are proactive. This can be through performance evaluations, promotions, or special recognition. By clarifying that proactivity is valued, you can encourage leaders to be proactive in their work.

By implementing these strategies, you can help create a culture of proactivity within your organization. This can lead to increased efficiency, creativity, and success, as employees are empowered to take the initiative and address problems and opportunities as they arise.

I know it seems pretty straightforward, but where do you start?

This is precisely why I have created an effective 5-Step Embolden Action Strategy Plan designed to fuel your team to become proactive and take the initiative when faced with adversity.

In just five steps, you will embark on a journey of…

  1. Identifying your current leadership style and improving it.

  2. I am finding the pain points within your organization and creating solutions.

  3. Implementing NEW policies and practices will require you to take bold actions.

  4. You are becoming the CHANGE that your organization needs for ultimate growth.

Everything starts with YOU, and I am here to help you achieve the CHANGE that you need with BOLD ACTION.

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