“Be proactive.” That’s a buzzword you hear all the time. And when you do, you just think it means to take initiative. But that word has a deeper meaning than just that. In this episode, you’ll get to find out how I first learned about this through my deep dark teenage years, how I relearned it and why if you or your company doesn’t understand this, that’s raising a death flag.
The True Definition of Proactive – 2:25
When I first learned about this from one of the best sources in the world, I understood it at a very shallow level. As I grew up, I understood how the rest of the world saw this word. After I rediscovered what being proactive really meant, it connected quite a few dots for me. One of those things is that your personality isn’t a factor in this. Surprised? Keep listening to find out more.
What Proactive Behavior Looks Like – 6:07
If you still think being proactive just means taking initiative, you have another thing coming for you. From an organizational perspective, being proactive leads to a few key behaviors. Those who adapt these tend to be quite successful within their companies. Those who don’t learn that the hard way.
Building Up Awareness – 12:18
How do you build up your ability to be proactive? Interestingly enough, it’s also a great way to increase your self awareness. Don’t get that wrong; that doesn’t make it any easier. But now that you know how crucial being proactive truly is to your success, you are going to want to try this out. It’s empowering like nothing else.
- What do proactive people do? A longitudinal study linking proactive personality and career success
- The role of proactive personality in job satisfaction and organizational citizenship behavior: a relational perspective
- The Neuroscience of Proactive vs Hyper-Reactive Thinking
- Be Less Reactive and More Proactive
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