Taking Initiative

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Taking Initiative

Taking the initiative is a crucial step in moving forward in our professional and personal lives. By showing initiative, it reflects us in a positive light to others as well as builds our own self-esteem. If we want something to happen, we need to make it happen. That is what initiative is all about. Take opportunities and run with them. Do not let excuses cause you to miss out on amazing opportunities. See what you want, believe what you want, and make it happen.

With our Taking Initiative workshop, the class participants will learn what initiative is, how to take it on, the advantages of it, and when to know one's place. By enrolling in this class, participants will be taking the first step in making something positive happen for them! Now that is initiative!

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Everything you need to teach a one-day workshop for Taking Initiative:

  • Training Manuals
  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Instructor's Guide
  • Quick Reference Job Aids
  • Icebreakers, Activities,
     & Exercise Files
  • Pre-Assignments,
  • Promotional Advertorials
  • Lesson Plans with Flip Chart Notes

Also available: training video clips, editable books, audiobook workshops, e-learning, and cloud-based LMS.

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Taking Initiative Outline:

Module One: Getting Started
  • Icebreaker
  • Housekeeping Items
  • The Parking Lot
  • Workshop Objectives
Module Two: What is Initiative?
  • Definition
  • Benefits, Personal and Professional
  • Why People Do Not Take Initiative
  • Make Initiative a Priority
  • Case Study
  • Module Two: Review Questions
Module Three: Know Clients
  • Be Open Minded
  • Be Adaptable
  • Making Decisions
  • Take Responsibility
  • Case Study
  • Module Three: Review Questions
Module Four: Recognize When You Can Step In
  • Know Your Strengths and Skills
  • Go the Extra Mile
  • Listen Carefully
  • Fill in the Gaps
  • Case Study
  • Module Four: Review Questions
Module Five: Recognize When You Can Go Outside the Normal
  • Consider Culture and Values Before Acting
  • Is It in the Scope of Your Authority?
  • Communicate Ideas
  • Act on Solutions
  • Case Study
  • Module Five: Review Questions
Module Six: Weighing the Consequences
  • Ask Questions
  • Risk, Impact, or Cost Analysis
  • Is Authorization Necessary?
  • When Risks Are Too High
  • Case Study
  • Module Six: Review Questions
                                                                    Module Seven: Good or Bad
                                                                    • The Good
                                                                    • The Bad
                                                                    • Develop Judgment
                                                                    • Avoid Acting on Emotion
                                                                    • Case Study
                                                                    • Module Seven: Review Questions
                                                                    Module Eight: Confidence
                                                                    • Are You Confident?
                                                                    • Build Confidence
                                                                    • Positive Thinking
                                                                    • Visualization
                                                                    • Case Study
                                                                    • Module Eight: Review Questions
                                                                    Module Nine: Find Opportunities
                                                                    • Internal Opportunities
                                                                    • External Opportunities
                                                                    • Apply Core Competencies
                                                                    • What Problems Exist, and Will They Grow?
                                                                    • Case Study
                                                                    • Module Nine: Review Questions
                                                                    Module Ten: Be Persistent
                                                                    • Handle Setbacks
                                                                    • Manage Change
                                                                    • Modify Ideas When Necessary
                                                                    • Move Forward
                                                                    • Case Study
                                                                    • Module Ten: Review Questions
                                                                    Module Eleven: Balance Initiative and Restraint
                                                                    • Consider the Work Involved in an Idea
                                                                    • Develop Emotional Intelligence
                                                                    • Know the Buy-in of Stakeholders
                                                                    • Do Not Push All Ideas Forward
                                                                    • Case Study
                                                                    • Module Eleven: Review Questions
                                                                    Module Twelve: Wrapping Up
                                                                    • Words from the Wise
                                                                    • Review of Parking Lot
                                                                    • Lessons Learned
                                                                    • Completion of Action Plans and Evaluations

                                                                                                                                      Administrative Skills

                                                                                                                                      1. Accountability in the Workplace
                                                                                                                                      2. Administrative Office Procedures
                                                                                                                                      3. Administrative Support
                                                                                                                                      4. Archiving and Records Management
                                                                                                                                      5. Basic Bookkeeping
                                                                                                                                      6. Business Writing
                                                                                                                                      7. Collaborative Business Writing
                                                                                                                                      8. Executive and Personal Assistants
                                                                                                                                      9. Meeting Management
                                                                                                                                      10. Organizational Skills
                                                                                                                                      11. Social Media In The Workplace
                                                                                                                                      12. Supply Chain Management

                                                                                                                                      Career Development

                                                                                                                                      1. Building Confidence and Assertiveness
                                                                                                                                      2. Communication Strategies
                                                                                                                                      3. Creative Problem Solving
                                                                                                                                      4. Creativity: Thinking Outside the Box
                                                                                                                                      5. Developing Creativity
                                                                                                                                      6. Digital Citizenship
                                                                                                                                      7. Entrepreneurship
                                                                                                                                      8. Interpersonal Skills
                                                                                                                                      9. mLearning Essentials
                                                                                                                                      10. Negotiation Skills
                                                                                                                                      11. Personal Branding
                                                                                                                                      12. Project Management
                                                                                                                                      13. Telework And Telecommuting
                                                                                                                                      14. Ten Soft Skills You Need
                                                                                                                                      15. The Cloud and Business
                                                                                                                                      16. Time Management
                                                                                                                                      17. Women in Leadership

                                                                                                                                      Human Resources

                                                                                                                                      1. Business Succession Planning
                                                                                                                                      2. Contract Management
                                                                                                                                      3. Crisis Management
                                                                                                                                      4. Developing a Lunch and Learn
                                                                                                                                      5. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
                                                                                                                                      6. Employee Onboarding
                                                                                                                                      7. Employee Recruitment
                                                                                                                                      8. Employee Termination Processes
                                                                                                                                      9. Generation Gaps
                                                                                                                                      10. Health and Wellness at Work
                                                                                                                                      11. Hiring Strategies
                                                                                                                                      12. Human Resource Management
                                                                                                                                      13. Managing Workplace Harassment
                                                                                                                                      14. Measuring Results From Training
                                                                                                                                      15. Millennial Onboarding
                                                                                                                                      16. Office Health And Safety
                                                                                                                                      17. Sensitivity Training
                                                                                                                                      18. Talent Management
                                                                                                                                      19. Train-The-Trainer
                                                                                                                                      20. Unconscious Bias
                                                                                                                                      21. Universal Safety Practices
                                                                                                                                      22. Workplace Bullying
                                                                                                                                      23. Workplace Harassment
                                                                                                                                      24. Workplace Violence

                                                                                                                                      Personal Development

                                                                                                                                      1. Adult Learning - Mental Skills
                                                                                                                                      2. Adult Learning - Physical Skills
                                                                                                                                      3. Anger Management
                                                                                                                                      4. Attention Management
                                                                                                                                      5. Being A Likeable Boss
                                                                                                                                      6. Critical Thinking
                                                                                                                                      7. Developing Emotional Intelligence
                                                                                                                                      8. Goal Setting and Getting Things Done
                                                                                                                                      9. Improving Mindfulness
                                                                                                                                      10. Improving Self-Awareness
                                                                                                                                      11. Increasing Your Happiness
                                                                                                                                      12. Job Search Skills
                                                                                                                                      13. Life Coaching Essentials
                                                                                                                                      14. Managing Personal Finances
                                                                                                                                      15. Managing Workplace Anxiety
                                                                                                                                      16. Personal Productivity
                                                                                                                                      17. Public Speaking
                                                                                                                                      18. Social Intelligence
                                                                                                                                      19. Social Learning
                                                                                                                                      20. Stress Management
                                                                                                                                      21. Taking Initiative
                                                                                                                                      22. Trust Building and Resilience
                                                                                                                                      23. Work-Life Balance

                                                                                                                                      Sales And Marketing

                                                                                                                                      1. Body Language Basics
                                                                                                                                      2. Call Center Training
                                                                                                                                      3. Coaching Salespeople
                                                                                                                                      4. Contact Center Training
                                                                                                                                      5. Creating a Great Webinar
                                                                                                                                      6. Employee Recognition
                                                                                                                                      7. Event Planning
                                                                                                                                      8. High Performance Teams Inside the Company
                                                                                                                                      9. High Performance Teams Remote Workforce
                                                                                                                                      10. In Person Sales
                                                                                                                                      11. Internet Marketing Fundamentals
                                                                                                                                      12. Marketing Basics
                                                                                                                                      13. Media And Public Relations
                                                                                                                                      14. Motivating Your Sales Team
                                                                                                                                      15. Multi-Level Marketing
                                                                                                                                      16. Overcoming Sales Objections
                                                                                                                                      17. Presentation Skills
                                                                                                                                      18. Proposal Writing
                                                                                                                                      19. Prospecting and Lead Generation
                                                                                                                                      20. Sales Fundamentals
                                                                                                                                      21. Servant Leadership
                                                                                                                                      22. Social Media Marketing
                                                                                                                                      23. Telephone Etiquette
                                                                                                                                      24. Top 10 Sales Secrets
                                                                                                                                      25. Trade Show Staff Training

                                                                                                                                      Supervisors And Managers

                                                                                                                                      1. Budgets And Financial Reports
                                                                                                                                      2. Coaching And Mentoring
                                                                                                                                      3. Conducting Annual Employee Reviews
                                                                                                                                      4. Developing New Managers
                                                                                                                                      5. Employee Motivation
                                                                                                                                      6. Facilitation Skills
                                                                                                                                      7. Knowledge Management
                                                                                                                                      8. Leadership And Influence
                                                                                                                                      9. Lean Process And Six Sigma
                                                                                                                                      10. Manager Management
                                                                                                                                      11. Middle Manager
                                                                                                                                      12. Office Politics For Managers
                                                                                                                                      13. Performance Management
                                                                                                                                      14. Self-Leadership
                                                                                                                                      15. Supervising Others
                                                                                                                                      16. Team Building Through Chemistry
                                                                                                                                      17. Virtual Team Building And Management

                                                                                                                                      Workplace Essentials

                                                                                                                                      1. Appreciative Inquiry
                                                                                                                                      2. Business Acumen
                                                                                                                                      3. Business Ethics
                                                                                                                                      4. Business Etiquette
                                                                                                                                      5. Change Management
                                                                                                                                      6. Civility In The Workplace
                                                                                                                                      7. Conflict Resolution
                                                                                                                                      8. Customer Service
                                                                                                                                      9. Customer Support
                                                                                                                                      10. Cyber Security
                                                                                                                                      11. Delivering Constructive Criticism
                                                                                                                                      12. Developing Corporate Behavior
                                                                                                                                      13. Handling a Difficult Customer
                                                                                                                                      14. Networking Outside the Company
                                                                                                                                      15. Networking Within the Company
                                                                                                                                      16. Respect in the Workplace
                                                                                                                                      17. Responsibility in the Workplace
                                                                                                                                      18. Risk Assessment and Management
                                                                                                                                      19. Safety In The Workplace
                                                                                                                                      20. Team Building For Managers
                                                                                                                                      21. Teamwork And Team Building