Taking Initiative Training

Australia Wide: Includes Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Parramatta, Geelong, Gold Coast.

Within any machine are several parts that, while insufficient on their own, can create something much higher and stronger together. However, what is special about a human being who facilitate the production of machines is that they are capable of innovation and initiative. Now, initiative simply means the ability to do things without being told, and generally excelling within the workplace. Indeed, those who display initiative are often easily captured in this term: primus inter pares– first among equals, and these are the ones companies are really after, as each of these employees are not only able to do their tasks, they can solve problems, preempt difficulties as they come along, exceed quotas, work quickly and efficiently, and they have generally perceptive minds that can result to them being able to add more insights on problems even their superiors may be unable to see. For our part, we believe that initiative is something that is learned, just as all other skills, and so we devote particular resources into creating participants of such calibre. For this training course, then, participants will be shown that initiative always hinges on individuals’ desire for excellence, being able to work efficiently and under pressure, able to set goals for themselves and more.

Initiative is always a matter of excellence, both in action and mentally. The latter provides the individual participant an impetus– a reason– for achieving much greater things, and for them the greatest mentors are those who have already become exemplars in their own right. This sense of excellence is maintained by various stress management skills and personified by means of actual planning; with proper goal-setting skills and other organisational skills, employees can reach ever greater heights. What’s more is that we also allow for the creation of customised training sessions, which will allow you to focus on various other needs. There are many roads to being an excellent employee here at Paramount, and our goal is to provide you with the best possible service regardless of the path you end up choosing for you and your team.

Taking Initiative Training Outline

Lesson One

Getting Started

  • Icebreaker
  • Housekeeping Items
  • The Parking Lot
  • Workshop Objectives

Lesson Two

What is Initiative?

  • Definition
  • Benefits, Personal and Professional
  • Why People Don’t Require Initiative
  • Make Initiative a Priority
  • Case Study
  • Lesson Two: Review Questions

Lesson Three

Know Customers

  • Be Open Minded
  • Be Adaptable
  • Making Decisions
  • Take Responsibility
  • Case Study
  • Lesson Three: Review Questions

Lesson Four

Recognize When You Can Measure In

  • Know Your Strengths and Skills
  • Go the Extra Mile
  • Listen Carefully
  • Fill in the Gaps
  • Case Study
  • Lesson Four: Review Questions

Lesson Five

Recognize When You Can Move Outside the Standard

  • Consider Culture and Values Before Acting
  • Is It in the Scope of Your Authority?
  • Communicate Ideas
  • Act Solutions
  • Case Study
  • Lesson Five: Review Questions

Lesson Six

Weighing the Consequences

  • Ask Questions
  • Risk, Impact, or Cost Analysis
  • Is Authorization Necessary?
  • When Risks Are Too High
  • Case Study
  • Lesson Six: Review Questions

Lesson Seven

Good or Bad

  • The Fantastic
  • The Terrible
  • Develop Judgment
  • Avoid Acting on Emotion
  • Case Study
  • Lesson Seven: Review Questions

Lesson Eight


  • Are You Confident?
  • Build Confidence
  • Positive Thinking
  • Visualization
  • Case Study
  • Lesson Eight: Review Questions

Lesson Nine

Find Opportunities

  • Internal Opportunities
  • External Opportunities
  • Apply Core Competencies
  • What Problems Exist, and Can They Grow?
  • Case Study
  • Lesson Nine: Review Questions

Lesson Ten

Be Persistent

  • Handle Setbacks
  • Manage Change
  • Modify Ideas When Necessary
  • Move Forward
  • Case Study
  • Lesson Ten: Review Questions

Lesson Eleven

Balance Initiative and Restraint

  • Consider the Work in an Idea
  • Develop Emotional Intelligence
  • Know the Buy-in of Stakeholders
  • Do Not Push All Ideas Forward
  • Case Study
  • Lesson Eleven: Review Questions

Lesson Twelve

Wrapping Up

  • Words from the Wise
  • Review of Parking Lot
  • Lessons Learned
  • Completion of Action Plans and Evaluations
Additional Modules and Sample Sections

 The mentality of excellence

 The most capable of people are often those who are able to manifest a strong will first, and ability next. This is because the right attitude can necessarily push anyone to become their very best, and do tasks that can seem too large for a lot of people. Not only that, it can also serve as a basis for whenever more serious problems start to rise; the desire for excellence, therefore, can not only give participants that necessary boost to achieve even the grandest, most impossible of things, it can also give them the necessary strength to weather whatever challenges may come at them. None are better teachers of excellence than those who have achieved boundless success. Here, participants can learn from modern-day people of greatness, and even from the civilisations who treated excellence as virtue itself.

Stress Management

 While a mentality of excellence is absolutely formidable, people who possess it are not invincible. Often, stress can really influence their decisions and make them perform at their worst. In fact, stress can be the very thing that can rob people of their desire to succeed as they endeavour to avoid having more of it. Unfortunately, this can ultimately work against companies which require profit and employees capable of providing quality service to customers. As such, there is a need for participants to handle various stress management techniques such as breathing exercises and anger management training. This particular part of the exercise will also be extremely interactive, allowing participants to take these lessons to heart as they endeavour to become the best possible employees any company can have.

 Time and task management

 Often, people who display initiative are those who excel at consuming as little time and resources as possible. In fact, one can see the logical conclusion: if they are able to spare more time, they can proceed to other tasks, and even help their fellow colleagues by decreasing their workloads until it becomes a sort of domino effect. In a way, it can be said that excellence is very much contagious. However, accomplishing this much is no easy feat. For one thing, it requires being able to properly order your tasks and estimate the amount of time you’ll require to finish them, not to mention it requires addressing more subtle areas of improvement such as cleaning table clutter and organising your workspace and even lockers. It also requires appropriate task delegation; that is to say one has to be able to properly assess each other’s strengths and weaknesses to get the job done and achieve so much more than what is expected of them. Overall, this particular part of our training session will help participants become their very best by teaching them various organisational skills.

Communication skills

 Taking initiative is often very hard if one does not have the necessary communication skills to communicate between colleagues. This can be even more so if one is a superior; where relaying orders is extremely necessary. As such, it is important for participants to be well-versed in the written and spoken word. This can be accomplished by having intimate knowledge of the basic aspects of grammar, the force of certain words and how appropriate they can be in certain contexts, and being able to organise presentations and memos in such a way that they are easy to read and follow. This training course will help achieve that end by discussing all of the above and so much more.

Goal-setting skills

 Another key aspect of taking initiative is being able to know what your goals really are. This means being able to articulate long-term and short-term goals; with the former discussing the overall direction of the team (and the individual members) and the latter determining the many tasks that might have to be ordered and undertaken before the long-term goals are satisfied. Now, there are various ways to set up goals, and this is the particular meat of our discussion on the matter. Here, participants will be shown how to create progression charts which map out their very own goals, and there are various kinds and materials that aid in the production of these charts. By the end of this training course, they will become effective planners as much as they are top performers.

Customised Training Session For Teams (Included No Charge)

One of the ways that you can improve your training experience is via our content customisation service. For this, you’ll be provided great control as you get to influence every aspect of the workbook design, and even rewrite key parts to suit your team’s disposition and desired manner of delivery. You’ll also have great control over the kinds of team activities you wish to see. Through our great library of training courses and methods, we will be sure to create the most enjoyable training experience. Communicate with us now and see what’s in store for your next team training event!

In-House Customised training benefits:

  • Flexible length – You choose the length of the session
  • Highly Effective Team/Industry Specific
  • Certificate of Completion (Professional Grade)
  • Create a Team Building environment
  • Cost effective – Group rate discount
  • Printed courseware (No need to download or use an App to read)

Creating Content (Contact us for Quotation)

Another way to create a more effective experience is through our content creation service. We do the research and create a workbook to suit your team needs. As we create the content you can take ownership of the manual and reuse or conduct your own training. Everything here will be for the growth of your team. If required we can even create a bilingual training course. Furthermore, you’ll have control over everything in your specific content including the addition of your company logo and preferred design, as well as inputting scholarly work and research in order to give your training manual the necessary oomph. Contact us for a quote or for a session created just for you.

Instructor Led Online

Download Certificate of Completion $495 inc GST
Printed and Posted Certificate of Completion $515 inc GST

We’re boosting the Paramount Training experience by taking real-time training online! You need only set up the date and time of your choice, and you’ll have access one of our trainers and materials for your requested session. No need to worry about reserving courses and rooms, or even moving your employees; whether they are within several floors or buildings away from each other, they’ll get the same high-quality training. Contact us now and you’ll see us exceed your highest training expectations.

Online Self Paced

Download Certificate of Completion $69 Inc GST
Printed and Posted Certificate of Completion $89 Inc GST

We are taking training to the very next level with our online self-paced training program. With this, you’ll be sure to enjoy the full Paramount training experience at your desired pace. You can play, pause and even rewind our pre-recorded training videos, so you won’t miss anything at all. Logins are also very convenient and easy, and you can easily get a printed Professional Grade Certificate through our Printed Certificate Option. Our training sessions are highly interactive and very easy-to-follow; all that’s left is for you to enjoy them to the full!

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