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Initiative & Enterprise

Initiative & Enterprise

This module on Initiative & Enterprise Management Training is part of the curriculum of critical management courses for developing leadership competencies and management talent.

Initiative Competencies- the ability to:

  • do more than is required or expected in a job
  • identify and act upon new opportunities to enhance results
  • minimize problems without needing to be asked and persisting in problem solving and seizing opportunities

Enterprise Competencies- the ability to:

  • use fresh approaches leading to radical change or significant improvements; and take time to listen to new ideas without pre-judgement
  • try new, and possibly better, in the sense of stretching beyond what has been done in the past
  • weigh the possible outcomes against values and responsibilities
  • summon resources and team to implement enterprise action plan

Recommended materials

  • The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki (Sep 2004)
  • Harvard Business Review on Entrepreneurship (Harvard Business Review Paperback Series) by Amar Bhldt, William Sahlman, James Stancil, and Arthur Rock (Feb 1999)
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker (May 2006)
  • 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work by Bob Nelson Ph.D. (Oct 1999)
  • Entrepreneurship by Robert Hisrich, Michael Peters, and Dean Shepherd (Oct 2006)
  • The Superstar Inventors and Entrepreneurs: How Were They Educated?Citation Only Available By: Baumol, William J.; Schilling, Melissa A.; Wolff, Edward N.. Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Sep2009, Vol. 18 Issue 3,
  • The portfolio of initiatives. McKinsey Quarterly, 2009, Issue 3

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