Taking initiative


Communicating face-to-face

Written communication

Professional etiquette

Customer service

Phone communication


Ethical behavior

Taking initiative

Professional culture

Career reflections

Don’t just sit there…

Initiative is the single attribute that always sets one person apart from the others. This skill can benefit your entire career. When you take personal ownership for the success of the organization you will make a difference to the organization and the people in it.

Step 1 – Learn

Read about the politics of initiative and review how-to steps to catalyze your own success on the job.

Step 2 – Taking action

Brainstorm ways to take initiative in your current job.

Begin Module 8: Taking Initiative


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