Your Actions Tell the Story
If you wanted to predict the long term success of an employee, colleague, family member… or even yourself, you might be surprised to learn that there’s an easy way to do it.
Find out if they’re reactive or resourceful.
Resourceful people are generally happier, more productive, and more likely to achieve their goals than those who spend their days reacting to people, news, and circumstances.
Let’s start by defining our terms:
A reactive person:
- Keeps an eye on their email or message system to discover what they need to work on each day;
- Is easily interruptible and highly distracted because they make other people’s problems their priorities;
- Often fails to complete their tasks and meet deadlines causing problems for colleagues;
- Has a long list of excuses (or reasons) why things didn’t work out.
A resourceful person:
- Starts each day with a plan (often formulated the night before) – which might involve troubleshooting an issue or responding to someone else;
- Focuses on the most important things and responds to emergencies appropriately and decisively because they have clarity;
- Meets deadlines consistently and makes their colleagues lives’ easier;
- Takes responsibility for failures and mistakes and makes a plan to avoid future occurrences;
- Celebrates successes.
Which group did you fall into?