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Encouraging a Proactive Attitude

The Academy for Chief Executives, a leading provider of experiential business learning® facilitates groups of CEOs and Managing Directors who meet together every month to network and take full advantage of experiential learning. Part of membership involves members taking their issues to the table and discussing them with their peers.

At a recent meeting, one of the CEO members wanted to explore ideas on how to encourage a staff member to be more proactive.

It was explained that the team member appears reluctant to step up to the plate and accept their responsibilities. The individual is good at identifying a problem and informing others but doesn’t seem to take any initiative or to be proactive in solving the problem.

Members in the group asked all sorts of searching questions and ended up suggesting a variety of approaches:

  • The most radical being that the employee should leave the organisation promptly!
  • Others included demonstrating and giving specific examples of rewarded pro-activity within the organisation
  • It was also suggested that the individual should be asked what stops them from doing the next step
  • We also discussed if there is a process for introducing solutions

It was a rapid fire session and the presenter of the issue went away with a clear plan of action.

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