Carolyn Brown at Black Enterprise has drawn our attention to a recent study that looks at the benefits of having a proactive workforce. Here are the three questions she recommends you apply to you team:
1. Are they rarely caught by surprise? Proactive people learn to anticipate problems and to control or participate in events happening around them. They are not idle observers.
2. Do they make a decision only when they have to? Proactive people don’t procrastinate or wait until they are backed into a corner to take action. They make conscious decisions as part of a larger, long-term plan.
3. Do they feel powerless? Proactive people prevent problems that others would look back on in hindsight and claim unavoidable. Proactive people don’t get swept up in a feeling of powerlessness.