Extracted from The Effectiveness Guide:
What do employers need most from their employees?
As I work with business executives, I find a common thread when I ask them what they need most from their employees. You would think that things like intelligence, skills, abilities, or experience would be top on their list. However, they consistently said they needed people who were more proactive.
Another way of becoming a more effective follower tomorrow than you are today is by being proactive.
A proactive person is someone who identifies and prevents potential problems.
A proactive person is someone who creates or controls a situation by causing things to happen, rather than responding after it happens; someone who is enterprising, takes-charge, energetic, driven, and bold.
Employers need people who:
- Anticipate their needs
- Identify potential mistakes before they become a problem
- Identify potential problems before they become a crisis
- Do NOT wait to be told exactly what to do
- Find out, if they don’t know
- Take charge of their assigned duties and responsibilities
- Make things happen the right way the first time
- Follow up (Section 2.5)
Being proactive also means that you are highly proficient in taking Immediate Action.
Immediate Action is a response drill executed when unanticipated things happen and involves these seven steps:
- Assess the Situation (inform your Leader)
- Consider your Options
- Select the Best Option
- Create a Plan Of Action
- Take decisive action
- Reassess the Situation
- Return and Report to your Leader (telling the results and what needs to be done to ensure this doesn’t happen again)
Next weeks post from The Effectiveness Guide will be Section 2.7. How to give a Situation Report?
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