Posted August 30, 2022 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: I Love Proactive People
Don’t you just love when someone anticipates what you need before you have to ask? This is the kind of person we should all try to be, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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You’re now in The Perna Syndicate—thanks for tuning in! I just love proactive people, don’t you? They see what’s needed and then, they don’t wait to be asked to meet that need. They just jump in and meet it. Amazing!
The opposite of the proactive person is the reactive person. And it’s actually really easy to be reactive. This is especially common to see in new recruits or people reentering the workforce. They figure they’re new on the scene, so they’ll sit back a bit and observe.
Oh sure, they’re happy to help when they’re given specific direction. But they’re not actively searching for ways to contribute. They’re passively waiting to be asked to do something.
Proactive people, on the other hand, are always looking for the next cue, the next need they can jump in and meet. This requires some creative thinking and looking ahead, but it will quickly set you apart from the type of employee who always has to be told what to do.
Proactive workers are hugely valuable to their teams and managers because they help streamline the process. They’re easy to work with and always eager to help. I just love people like that!
We could all consider the question: Do I wait to be asked or am I actively seeking out ways to contribute?
On the next episode of The Perna Syndicate, we’re going to look at why ownership is such a vital professional skill, especially in today’s remote and hybrid workforce. Until then, take care!