Initiative - key to success@ work

“Failing to Initiate is nothing but Initiating to Fail”.

I find lot of HR people as very hard working professionals, however, I have come across in my decade and half year of experience that lot of HR folks carry inhibitions and shy away from going beyond normal work approaches, challenging the status quo and hence not proactive enough in taking initiatives!

I strongly believe that half hearted efforts results in half hearted success. Hence, the importance of taking initiatives upfront and executing them becomes an integral core to development.

Somebody asked me recently, I am in the company for the last 4 years and still not promoted. My understanding is that people are paid to do the job they have been assigned and are promoted for building something new, fixing broken processes and taking unpopular assignments and all these needs proactive approach and ability to take initiatives!

As most of you would agree with me that an organization predominantly contains 2 kinds of employees – Reactive and Proactive. The former needs to be told what to do and they do something only after their manager/supervisor tells them to or after the need to do something has been pointed out to them. The latter (Proactive one's) are those who are willing to take initiative on their own, do what has to be done and solve problems before they actually arise.

Let’s look at what generally happens when someone takes an initiative in an organization setting.

You gain skills & knowledge, explore the unexplored and tend to learn and grow. Generally, something new will always excite you and you won’t be stuck in the same old routine without getting bored. Above all, the value addition you will do to yourself will be significant. This is all the more relevant in today’s scenario when the economy is receding and the companies have started to cut down all possible costs including people. Now who do you think they’ll keep – in my view, the individual who is more versatile, adaptive and demonstrate 'bias for action'! Think about it….!!

In addition, one will be able to develop a sense of independence and creativity through different initiatives. The risk taking capabilities tends to get generated which is a prerequisite for setting up a strong foundation for larger success.

Employees who focus on their routine jobs and don’t go beyond the obvious are not aware of the folded and hidden opportunities and hence remain in same roles for larger period then they ideally should have!

I would like to leave you with this thought – “Success comes from taking the initiative followed by persistence. A simple action taken today can produce a new momentum towards the success in your life”.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Raj, I wud like add something here ....

    1. Taking initiative is important but its equally important to own it up as well. In my opinion, ownership is the the key which makes an employee go beyond normal work approach. Another important associated element is dynamism which involves risks including one's career and stigma of failure atc.. But, the one who dares ...wins also as you very rightly mentioned - “Failing to Initiate is nothing but Initiating to Fail”.

    2. If success or growth in career comes from the ability of taking initiatives then why not and why wait .....!! (Lets look at it this way as what generally happens when someone just keeps waiting and thinking without any conclusive action ... the required self assurances and re-assurances never comeby. One of the most simple ways is - if an initiative is in favour of all and the organisation, one must go ahead and execute it as it is always a right thing to do. But, the intention behind such initiatives should be selfless and not laced with greed or rewards. If so, there shall not be any fears or self inflicted bottlenecks... REACTIVE employees lose the identity whereas the proactive ones build proactive organisations.

    It will be great to know your thoughts on the above. Raj Sanwal

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  2. Hi Raj, I wud like to add something here ....

    1. Taking initiative is important but its equally important to own it up as well. In my opinion, the element of ownership is the the key which makes an employee go beyond normal work approach. Another important associated element is dynamism which involves risks including one's career and stigma of failure atc.. But, the one who dares ...wins also; as you very rightly mentioned - “Failing to Initiate is nothing but Initiating to Fail”.

    2. If success or growth in career comes from the ability of taking initiatives then why not and why wait .....!! (Lets look at it this way as what generally happens when someone just keeps waiting and thinking without any conclusive action ... the required self assurances and re-assurances never comeby. One of the most simplest ways is - if an initiative is in favour of all and the organisation, one must go ahead and execute it as it is always a right thing to do. But, the intention behind such initiatives should be selfless and not laced with greed or rewards. If so, there shall not be any fears or self inflicted bottlenecks... REACTIVE employees lose the identity whereas the proactive ones build proactive organisations.

    It will be great to know your thoughts on the above. Raj Sanwal

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  3. Initiative is very important.You have to do things beyond the limiting boundaries within which you operate, if you want to reach places.However, one has to have a good combination of aggression and caution, such as- when you are the initial stage of your career, take small but definite initiatives that will translate into definite results and which develops the faith and trust of your organization upon you. This is the first step towards building your position in an organization.Once you have created an element of trust, loyalty and have won the confidence of your management- you can dare bigger.....because even in case of fall out.....your management stands behind you and gives you another opportunity to make up for the same.After all....It is aptly said.....Those who have the ability to leave the shores and launch into the ocean.....can only discover new vistas in life...

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