Bias for action
Speed matters in business. Many decisions and actions are reversible and do not need extensive study. We value calculated risk taking.
Here are some simple steps to foster an "Action" oriented culture.
1) Be Confident.
“Being proactive and inspiring others to follow your lead requires high confidence levels.” This can be done in several ways, from speaking with authority to completing small tasks throughout the day to boost your confidence. Even if all your ideas aren’t entirely correct, being confident enough to take that chance and try something different is something that people notice. When it comes time to make a decision or speak on a subject, do so with confidence – even if it’s just bravado at first.
2) Ask Questions.
Asking questions provides a ton of benefits to you that position you as a leader, chief among them being a willingness to learn, something everybody wants in an employee. It also gets you more involved and makes you appear more curious and interested in what’s happening. You can also learn things from the answers, which in turns means you can help on more projects. Asking questions is a win-win.
3) Speak Up.
This sort of goes without saying when it comes to taking the initiative at work, but if you aren’t talking, you aren’t getting noticed or being a leader. Career Addict offers tons of great ways that you can inject your voice into the conversation without being rude or speaking up to raise problems, including requesting a meeting to address certain issues or topics. Don’t immediately confront your bosses or team about a question or issue out of nowhere; instead, carefully state your opinion so you aren’t attacking or putting anyone down. Another thing you can do to make it easier if you do have to offer criticism is to start the conversation on a positive note.
4) Think Ahead.
Yes, the task at hand is the most important thing, but always be thinking about what comes next. Because once you complete that task, you don’t want everyone sitting around wondering what the plan is. By thinking ahead, it gives you time to make the plans for whatever your next task or project is and allows you to take the lead because you can answer question people may have about it when the time comes.
5) Ask to Help Co-Workers.
If you are done with your tasks or have some extra time to spare, ask your co-workers if they need help or if they have any things that you can learn to do for them. Your co-workers will remember this and on future tasks be more likely to come to you for help. Plus, it’s something your bosses will notice because you weren’t sitting by passively and waiting for someone to tell you what to do.