When Should I Be Proactive at Work? | Career Angles

I think most people would try to offer specific solution to the question. I take a different approach, preferring instead to look at the process.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a coach who helps people perform at a higher level professionally and personally. That can be around your job search, hiring more effectively, managing and leading, you know, workplace related stuff, in general.

And today's Career Angle is about the idea, "when should I be more proactive at work?" Now, I'm going to take it from a different vantage point, I think many will and say that most people who would ask this question, need to learn in a corporate environment when being proactive is beneficial and when it isn't. I know that's the intention behind the question.

But when you ask a question like this, it's intentionally vague, general, and no rule can apply to all situations. So I want to suggest a process to that you can start to use. Being proactive requires that you learn to anticipate, right? It's to anticipate where the problem might be, where the outcome might be. And, I want to encourage you while you're learning when proactive responses make sense, begin the process of anticipating. Make notes about it or think about it, but I think you're better off making a note about it, so that you can track your result.

It doesn't have to be a pen and paper or device of some sort. But when you're anticipating a problem, log it in, Start with small things escalate the bigger ones, but the idea is to start by anticipating situations and see how good you are and it. Hey, look, in baseball, a .300 hitter makes a lot of money. You don't have to bat 1.000 in order to be successful in anticipating and, thus, being proactive. If you are willing to do this exercise, after a few instances where you are correct in your anticipation, I want you to practice by thinking through what you would do with this knowledge (which is anticipating and taking proactive action). So it's a process of learning to see whether you're accurate or not because, initially, most people aren't. And, thus, learning from it, practice and taking action and then going out into the world with it.

I'm Jeff Altman. Hope you found this helpful. My website is TheBigGameHunter.us.. I've got a ton there that you can watch, listen to or read. It'll help you. Subscribe to my channel on YouTube by clicking the small icon the lower right or the bigger picture of me in the upper left. And, by the way, on Facebook, join my career angles group. Career Angles. No recruiters. it's all about helping you perform better at work.

And lastly, let's see now, never mind.

I'll just simply say Hope you have a great day and take care

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked in recruiting for what seems like one hundred years. He is the head coach for NoBSCoachingAdvice.com. He is the host of “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast,” and “No BS Job Search Advice.”

Are you interested in my coaching you? Connect with me on LinkedIn and, once we are connected, message me. If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) https://thebiggamehunter.us/magnifi or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

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