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This week, I want to talk about one of my favorite topics: Initiative. This is a critical part of being proactive—another topic I’m passionate about.
In fact, my book, The Proactive Professional, discusses the importance of taking initiative in-depth, and it also addresses how to do it appropriately in the workplace. I believe I’ve actually covered the topic completely in the book, so today, I want to share a short excerpt here.
As you’re reading, it’s useful to understand that I reference a skill called “Intentional Action” which is one of six key components in the Proactive Skillset, a key concept discussed throughout the book. In short, Intentional Action is all about taking timely, deliberate action to achieve the outcomes you’re looking for.
Taking initiative is a big part of that. If you want to be successful in your career, you need to step up and act—without waiting for others to push you, offer direction, or hold your hand. [Read more…]