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The Proactive Manager

Closing the Gap Between Management & Leadership

Language:  English
This book expands on the author’s 2020 book, How to be a Proactive Person, with more suggestions and ideas and an introduction to our innate proactive brain, and how to help it become more proactive.
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  • About the author
  1. How “proactive” came to be
    1. What is meant by “proactive”?
    2. The brain’s proactive ability attracts researchers
    3. “Proactive” is becoming a household word
  2. Prepare for all future events, projects, and tasks
    1. Preparation includes the little things
    2. Checklists Are Tools For Proactive Managers
    3. Organization is a form of preparation
  3. Anticipate the future
    1. Meaning and examples of “anticipate”
    2. Visualization and proactivity go hand in hand
    3. The sigmoid curve: a tool for the proactive manager
    4. Proactive career management
  4. Get ahead on your work and commitments, and keep ahead
    1. Keeping ahead of your job
    2. Build an inventory of completed work
    3. Develop your own needs and make them habits
    4. The “work ahead” concept
  5. Enhance the power of your brain
    1. Your brain; the source of proactivity
    2. Memory training helps you to be proactive
    3. Intelligent memory
    4. Memory influences proactivity
    5. Memory techniques that capture the experiences of your past
    6. Our brains record everything
    7. Memories of the future
    8. Most important executive skills for proactive people
  6. Helping your brain become more proactive
    1. We are all proactive to varying degrees
    2. Exercise
    3. Participate in memory training
    4. Seek variety in your life
    5. Read as much as possible
    6. Engage in lifelong learning
    7. Build and maintain relationships
    8. Reduce stress
    9. Adopt a positive attitude
    10. Get plenty of sleep
    11. Spend time in nature
    12. Proactivity transforms a manager into a leader
  • Books referenced in the proactive manager

The Proactive Manager expands on the author’s 2020 introductory book, How to Become a Proactive Person, and with the aid of more recent research, introduces you to our innate proactive brain and how you can enhance its power. Although it is recommended you read How to Become a Proactive Person first, it is not essential, since that book’s more important recommendations are expanded upon with further examples. This book also provides a history of the word proactive, and its importance in this digital age of speed.

About the author

Harold Taylor, CSP, president of Harold Taylor Time Consultants Ltd., and now operating as Taylor In Time, was a Quality Control Supervisor and Plant Manager in industry for 12 years and a teaching master at Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology in Toronto, Canada for eight years before launching into the consulting business. He has been speaking, writing and conducting training programs on the topic of effective time management for over 35 years. He has written over 20 books, including a Canadian bestseller, Making Time Work for You. He has developed over 50 time- management products, including the popular Taylor Planner, which has sold in 38 countries around the world. He has had over 300 articles accepted for publication.A past director of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Harold Taylor received their Founder’s Award in 1999 for outstanding contributions to the organizing profession. He received the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation in 1987 from the National Speakers Association. In 1998 the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers inducted him into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. And in 2001, he received the first Founder’s Award from the Professional Organizers in Canada. The award has been named in his honor.

About the Author

Harold Taylor