Taking Initiative

Taking Initiative

Taking the initiative is a crucial step in moving forward in our professional and personal lives. By showing initiative, it reflects us in a positive light to others as well as builds our own self-esteem. If we want something to happen, we need to make it happen. That is what initiative is all about. Take opportunities and run with them. Do not let excuses cause you to miss out on amazing opportunities. See what you want, believe what you want, and make it happen.

With our Taking Initiative workshop, the class participants will learn what initiative is, how to take it on, the advantages of it, and when to know one’s place. By enrolling in this class, participants will be taking the first step in making something positive happen for them! Now that is initiative!

Course Outline

  • Workshop Objectives
  • Definition
  • Benefits, Personal and Professional
  • Why People Do Not Take Initiative
  • Make Initiative a Priority
  • Case Study
  • Module Two: Review Questions
  • Be Open Minded
  • Be Adaptable
  • Making Decisions
  • Take Responsibility
  • Case Study
  • Module Three: Review Questions
  • Know Your Strengths and Skills
  • Go the Extra Mile
  • Listen Carefully
  • Fill in the Gaps
  • Case Study
  • Module Four: Review Questions
  • Consider Culture and Values Before Acting
  • Is It in the Scope of Your Authority?
  • Communicate Ideas
  • Act on Solutions
  • Case Study
  • Module Five: Review Questions
  • Ask Questions
  • Risk, Impact, or Cost Analysis
  • Is Authorization Necessary?
  • When Risks Are Too High
  • Case Study
  • Module Six: Review Questions
  • The Good
  • The Bad
  • Develop Judgment
  • Avoid Acting on Emotion
  • Case Study
  • Module Seven: Review Questions
  • Are You Confident?
  • Build Confidence
  • Positive Thinking
  • Visualization
  • Case Study
  • Module Eight: Review Questions
  • Internal Opportunities
  • External Opportunities
  • Apply Core Competencies
  • What Problems Exist, and Will They Grow?
  • Case Study
  • Module Nine: Review Questions
  • Handle Setbacks
  • Manage Change
  • Modify Ideas When Necessary
  • Move Forward
  • Case Study
  • Module Ten: Review Questions
  • Consider the Work Involved in an Idea
  • Develop Emotional Intelligence
  • Know the Buy-in of Stakeholders
  • Do Not Push All Ideas Forward
  • Case Study
  • Module Eleven: Review Questions
  • Words from the Wise
  • Review of Parking Lot
  • Lessons Learned
  • Recommended Reading
  • Completion of Action Plans and Evaluations
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