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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.

Online Course / Classroom Training


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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!

Taking Initiative > Course Outline:

Housekeeping Items
The Parking Lot
Workshop Objectives

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
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
Completion of Action Plans and Evaluations


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