Have you ever thought about the activity and decisions that takes place in your business, or in your life for that matter? Let’s get a handle on things to explain more about what I mean.

Active and inactive – It’s either one or the other and not much in between, of course at the either end there can be a lot or a little of each.

Reactive and proactive – the other aspects to activity one being positive and the other negative.

A situation takes place, e.g. an employee makes a mistake, a proactive stance could be “Well you made a mistake, did you or are you able to learn from it?” reactive could be “YOU DID WHAT! what will that cost us!!! Oh No!!!”

An inactive stance would be to do nothing and an active stance is to do something. The question is how do you make the decision and do you think much about it?

Okay enough of the basics, which way you turn with this can have a solid bearing on outcomes in your business, in the case of staff if they keep getting reactive responses from you on all issues, after a while they will not tell you anything. On the other hand if you are always proactive they can (in time) see you as a “soft touch” a person that always sees the positive even though it may be doing great damage to the business.

The flexible approach is to be able to flip responsibly between each area, you could choose to do nothing, something, react or be proactive. Lets pick another example, a person slips on the floor of your shop, you could do nothing (inactivity) and perhaps act as if it did not happen. Yet if you react and tell them off for not seeing the puddle on the floor it could go against you as well. A proactive stance might be to offer them assistance (but probably avoid mentioning that it is the companies fault.) and see if they are okay.

The choice is up to you, so you hope the decision you make is the one that is the best option all round.

Here’s the point about all of this, it’s about making decisions and often snap decisions at that. Many people say making decisions is hard and that can be true, the challenge is to make more of them (even poor ones) so that you get used to making them often and therefore get comfortable with making them.

Once comfortable with making decisions you can check consciously if they are reactive, proactive or inactive. Then in time you will probably make more of the right decisions automatically.

Steve Gray -

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