Be proactive to stay ahead of the curve
It's the leaders dream to see all employees anticipating future
changes, opportunities or problems and preparing the business for it by
taking prompt action. They are not simply reacting to cues from the
operating environment, but proactively trying to make a difference.
This is crucial to succeed or survive in today's fast changing
business world with its increasingly complex work tasks. At the
organizational level, adapting and reacting to changes in one's
environment is not enough; companies need to be proactive to stay ahead
of competition. Reaction is costly and takes time unnecessarily and
breeds de-motivation across the business organization.
One great way to build your image at work and gain respect and
recognition is to be proactive. That means figuring out what needs to be
done before it shows up on your desk. It's all about anticipation. What
action could you take to help your boss, your co-worker, and your
Another way of looking at it is, never act in a reactive mode.
Staying ahead of the curve will make your work life less chaotic. Being
proactive also positions you for job advancement. Everything else being
equal, a proactive employee will have the edge over others.
Employees should engage in self-motivated, future-oriented behaviour
without constant direction and supervision by others. As a life
discipline, employees should not just let life happen to them but
rather, try to manage, shape, expand, and mould what happens in their
lives. In other words 'you control not be controlled' by external
Dive deep into the tasks you do within the work slate. Ask yourself
what extra things you can do to ensure success of what you do in the
value chain. The paradigm shift needed is to be clear about the outcome
of what you support not merely doing your work better.
Doing what you regularly do more efficiently and cost effectively may
demand proactive action too, but going beyond your boundary to make a
greater contribution makes more sense for you and your employer.
Pause for a moment and view your work from the perspective of
internal or external customers equally well. The most respected
employees in the workplace are team players. Demonstrate a willingness
to assist wherever and whenever needed.
Do not wait for opportunities to come your way. Anticipate what's
next and take action. Emulate others who role model proactive behaviour
and observe the differences in approach, style and behaviour.
Some of the most respected leaders in your company may be proactive
people. Observe their behaviour too. Look for an opportunity to spend a
few minutes with them. Explain your desire to be consistently proactive
and ask for better advice or new pointers. Many of us look to proactive
people as the instigators of action and creative ideas in society.
Proactive employees care about producing their best at all times. You
can avoid working in a reactive chaotic mode if you stay organized. Take
time to keep an orderly and timely work pattern to have free thinking
space to be proactive.
Being proactive means thinking and acting ahead of anticipated events
by using foresight. Not only is it a great method to avoid more work
down the road, but it can be also extremely important to avert
disasters. Planning well for the future and for instituting systems at
work and in study, and planning at home can make life easier, not only
for you, but for others too, and besides, it may make you more popular.