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Of course, it might be that the culture hasn’t required you to think for yourself. Maybe you assume you’re supposedto wait for guidance, to always turn to someone else for guidance, so you’ve just naturally come to depend on others for your marching orders.

Those days are over. The shift toward a culture of initiative and independence means you must figure out for yourself what the you need. Then move on it.

Self-directed behavior is essential in today’s world of accelerating change. For one thing, businesses, organizations, agencies are learning to run lean, and that means every person must become more self-sufficient. You cant count on having someone to come around and hand-feed you instructions on a regular basis.

So put yourself in charge of problem-solving. You dont have to have all the answers. Nobody does. Just show some initiative. Come up with your own answers, and theres a good chance theyll be better than you could get from anybody else.

“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Attributed to Yogi Berra

Adapted from Price Pritchett, PH.D.  Culture Shift: The Employee Handbook for Change Corporate Culture.


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