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October 6, 2008

Something’s been buggin me for a while

Filed under: Blogging — Simon May @ 9:04 pm

Proactive.image

Some people really don’t get it, so here I’m going to define what it means to be proactive.

This is from the single source of all truth that is Wikipedia:

to act before a situation becomes a source of confrontation or crisis" vs. after the fact.

Well actually as it says it’s from Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of… .  The next one if from Dictionary.reference.com

serving to prepare for, intervene in, or control an expected occurrence or situation, esp. a negative or difficult one; anticipatory: proactive measures against crime.

The first of these is interesting because it states that you do something before confrontation or crisis, the latter talks about preparing to prevent something necessary.  Why is this a source of frustration…mainly because I’m being asked to be “proactive”, but to wait until people feel the pain first. 

That, to me, is being poised to be reactive, which is not a bad thing, but call it what it is!

Image from anothergreatescape.co.uk

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