Soft Skill/Competency: Action Orientation

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Refer our older posts to read the detailed explanations on competencies “Result Orientation“, “Problem Solving“, “Self Confidence” and “Self Development”.

Explanation of the Competency “Action Orientation”

  • Emphasizes that actions are more important than mere ideas.
  • Looks around for what needs to be done.
  • Does it without being told.
  • Demonstrates initiative.
  • Uses energy and drive.
  • Has more bias for action than for thinking, planning and analysis.
  • Does not spend too much time in thinking, planning and analysis. Is not an over-thinker or over-planner or does not get stricken by analysis paralysis.
  • Acts with urgency to the situations that demand urgency.
  • Is aware of the time lines for actions and therefore, sticks to deadlines by starting and finishing on time.
  • Takes actions proactively to exploit the business opportunities.
  • Encourages action orientation in others, particularly in his team members and motivates them accordingly.
  • Makes allowances and concessions for slippages and errors in action oriented persons or action oriented situations.
  • Identifies the strategic opportunities that are time sensitive, grabs them and acts on them without loss of time, realizing that the delay in actions can be quite catastrophic.
  • In such strategic situations, creates urgency and acts as a propeller to set himself and others in motion with the required pace.
  • Tries to build an action oriented culture in the organizations he is associated with.

Pitfall to be Avoided

  • Possibility of turning into a workaholic impacting adversely on personal and family life.
  • Possibility of suffering from stresses due to burn out.
  • Lack of planning and more of impulsiveness to act may have adverse impact on smooth, quality, economic and timely actions.
  • May end up setting highly ambitious though unrealistic goals and deadlines.
  • May become intolerant of people with lacking action orientation of people with slow pace of working. This may jeopardize his interpersonal relationships with them.
  • May be less flexible in changing the plans.

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35 years’ industrial/business experience as a top executive & 35 years’ parallel academic/consultancy experience in general management, behavioral sciences & technology. Areas: general management, production, human resources, industrial engineering, systems, MIS, computers, corporate planning, audit, sales/marketing. Penchant for information technology & behavioral sciences; integrated with conventional technology makes him unique thought leader. Conversant with academic theories & realities of business, fuses the two into practical approaches. Was associated with Tata Motors, Hindustan Motors, Hindustan Aeronautics & ThyssenKrupp; held top positions as highflier executive. Presently Chairman & Managing Director, Prodcons Group associating with 250 organizations; providing management & I T consultations & conducting seminars/workshops. Been a faculty for IIM’s, TMTC, Railway & HAL Staff Colleges, Symbiosis. Speaker with 35000 hours’ experience benefitting more than 100,000 people. Published 35 articles in Economic Times, Indian Management & Computers Today. Authored 27 books. Invited as key speaker in seminars by AIMA, HRD Network, NIPM, QCFI, CSI, NPC. Widely traveled. Education: Engineering & Management.
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