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Taking Initiative

  1. 1. Taking Initiative Prepared by: Nezar Gharbia
  2. 2. Definition <ul><li>the action of taking the first step; the ability to think and act without being urged or told. </li></ul><ul><li>Doing what needs to be done and not waiting to be told what to do. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Quotes <ul><li>Some people say “needs are mother of all inventions”. In reality Initiative is the mother of all inventions”. Millions of people had the need for a light bulb, only Thomas Addison took the initiative to do something about it. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;initiative is the principal ingredient for success in the work place.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>compare your company to competition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>you have similar products. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar services. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar channels of distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar marketing strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>So, what makes one company a success while another struggles to survive. It’s the people and their daily initiatives, energy and commitment. </li></ul>
  4. 4. More Quotes <ul><li>Thinking of yourself as a self-employed is an attitude that says, “I am a business partner; I have integrity and responsibility for working with the organization and the customer and for attending to my own personal and professional development” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The biggest mistake you can make in life is to think you work for someone else. “ </li></ul><ul><li>We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle </li></ul><ul><li>Our basic nature is to act, and not be acted upon. enabling us to choose our response to particular circumstances, this empowers us to create circumstances. So make a choice Act or be Acted Upon. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Examples <ul><li>While still an admin assistance at Xerox Joanne Griffin senses opportunity in a project no one wants, directs a team to implement it and is today a corporate VP of Enterprise Rent-a-car. </li></ul><ul><li>Frustrated by bookmarks that keeps falling out of place, 3M engineer Art Fry created the post-It notes. Today, It is a $300 million product. 3M, you will recall, is the company that took a somewhat significant mistake by one of its inventors--a failed effort to make a super-strong adhesive--and turned the result, an adhesive that could be easily applied and then removed, into the sticky-note industry. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why people do not do it. Common Excuses <ul><li>Fear </li></ul><ul><li>Frustrations </li></ul><ul><li>Failures </li></ul>
  7. 7. Fear <ul><ul><li>If I do it once - then it becomes my job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fear that others may think we are overstepping our boundaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I might make a mistake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What needs to be done is not easy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I am afraid to be fired </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Frustrations <ul><ul><li>I don’t have the authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I do not have the support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I don’t have the skill </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I do not have the time </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Failure <ul><ul><li>I took initiative once and made a mistake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Someone keeps blocking my efforts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I constantly Fail when I try to take initiative. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Why do it <ul><li>Your work will become more exciting. </li></ul><ul><li>You will see the impact of your actions. </li></ul><ul><li>You will learn, grow and develop yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop reputation of someone who can get things done. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect of peers and management alike. </li></ul><ul><li>Financial rewards. </li></ul>And ultimately you get to realize your potential and limits.
  11. 11. How do you know that you need to take Initiative <ul><li>When you know the answer </li></ul><ul><li>When it is within the realm of your authority </li></ul><ul><li>When it is supporting the team </li></ul>
  12. 12. How to do it <ul><li>Think </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare </li></ul><ul><li>Act </li></ul><ul><li>Persevere </li></ul>
  13. 13. Think <ul><li>Make you job more difficult. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand you responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>volunteer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Think of how things can be done better. (think outside the box) </li></ul><ul><li>Question authority and the status quote. </li></ul><ul><li>Shoot holes in your own plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask silly questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Turn needs into opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Trust your intuition </li></ul><ul><li>Do not be a complainer. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Prepare <ul><li>Learn what you don’t know first </li></ul><ul><li>Collect your own data. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop options and a plan of actions </li></ul><ul><li>Shoot holes in your own plan </li></ul><ul><li>Realize no one cares about your ideas, but you. </li></ul><ul><li>Caution, Don’t play games at work. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Act <ul><li>Speak up to have influence </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer for difficult assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Greet challenges with creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Look for the positive in problems </li></ul><ul><li>Be a person who makes things happens </li></ul><ul><li>Take responsibilities for your actions </li></ul>
  16. 16. Persevere <ul><li>Regroup when your idea meets resistance </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t trust your manager, especially his open door policy. </li></ul><ul><li>Persist when obstacles arise </li></ul><ul><li>Do the same thing differently </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to enjoy Those things that others hate to do. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid the blame game </li></ul>
  17. 17. Common mistakes <ul><li>Becoming pushy. </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming obnoxious. </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming over aggressive. </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming selfish, and not caring. </li></ul><ul><li>Becoming a complainer. </li></ul>
  18. 18. So what would happen if no one does it <ul><li>This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. </li></ul><ul><li>There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. </li></ul><ul><li>Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. </li></ul><ul><li>Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. </li></ul><ul><li>Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. </li></ul><ul><li>It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done </li></ul>