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Taking Initiative

Initiative is the single attribute that always sets one person apart from the others. This skill can benefit your entire career life. When you take personal ownership for the success of the organization you will make a difference to the organization and the people in it.

Step 1. Learn: Read about the politics of initiative and review how-to steps to catalyze your own success on the job through the link here.

Step 2. Practice: Brainstorm ways to take initiative on your current job/internship.

Step 3. Check Your Success: by reflecting on the questions included. Save the exercise and review with your supervisor or mentor for feedback and guidance.