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This module focuses on the development of critical skills such as resourcefulness, adaptability and flexibility, all of which are needed for any company to have innovative results. The two terms ’initiative’ and ’enterprise’ suggest the focus of the module. ‘Initiative’ calls for employees to take responsibility to surface ideas and improvements. Whereas ‘enterprise’ denotes the work that is required to ensure that any such suggestion for improvement must be handled in an effective and efficient manner so as to impact the bottom line.

Key learning objectives are:-

  • How one can take initiatives at workplace for continuous improvement
  • Identify traits of self-directed individuals and teams
  • Identify and manage risks for new initiatives/projects/tasks
  • Monitoring and evaluate progress of new initiatives/projects/tasks
  • Observe Trends and opportunities
  • Activities / case studies to reinforce learning

Competencies of I&E Module

The Taking Initiative Test
A fun ice breaker quiz to help you find out how much you take initiative; which areas of work you tend to take initiative and your personal strengths & challenges in being able to take initiative.

Innovative Organizations & Individuals
What evidence and behaviour type suggest taking initiative? Act vs Acting. Giving suggestions, communicating and taking responsibility. Traits of self directed individuals and teams. The Innovative Organization & Its Entrepreneurial Spirit.

The “Why “ of Taking Initiative
On a scale of 1-10, what is your degree of taking initiative? Why can’t it be higher? What does taking a higher degree of initiative looks like? Why don’t you do it? Differentiating between can’t and won’t. Tactics for moving towards “Can do”.

The “How “ of Taking Initiative
The stages of taking initiative:

  • Identifying the reasons and developing the passion
  • Identifying the critical first step
  • Sharing your idea and gaining support
  • Executing your plan
  • Overcoming obstacles to your plan
  • Monitoring and evaluating progress of initiatives, tasks and projects
  • Having arrived and learning from it

Initiative and Creativity Link
Using Creativity to think of the extraordinary out of the ordinary, Looking for innovative creative ideas in everyday work situations, developing a creative and taking initiative attitude

Trends & Opportunities
are the changes and trends that brings opportunities for innovation. Case examples

From Thoughts to Action
Implementing your action plan Developing an effective schedule. Managing associated risks
Monitoring and evaluating progress. Evaluating and efficacy of the process. Making adjustments when things aren’t moving according to plan.

Risk Management
How to anticipate and quantify risks involved in new initiatives and projects. Risk measurement
tools and proactive contingency planning methods.

Personal Action Plan
Develop a 30-day action plan to taking initiative and contributing to the organization’s innovative drive.

Instructional Methodology

  • Mini Lectures
  • Games & Simulations
  • Group Interaction & Discussions
  • Case Studies - External & In-House
  • Continued Access & Learning

Competency Measurement Tools

  • Pre- & Post– Tests
  • Worked Examples
  • Practical Tests
  • Questionnaires


2 Days (16Hrs)