Seminar Recording: Habit #1 Being Proactive-English & Spanish



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There is a vast difference between training and developmental, ongoing training. Training involves an expert working with cleaners to transfer to them certain areas of knowledge or skills to do the job they were hired to do. Developmental, ongoing training is a broad, ongoing multi-faceted set of topics and/or activities designed to bring someone or an organization up to another threshold of performance, often to perform some job or new role in the future. Key Factor is that your company will not reach new thresholds if you do not actively participate in providing developmental, ongoing training to your cleaners.

Many of our daily problems come from our cleaners not being proactive in managing their work or personal lives. Many times cleaners will wait for the day of their appointment to tell us they have an appointment at 10:00 am so they can’t come in until the afternoon or at all that day. They have known this for two weeks but never told us. Correcting this type of behavior requires developing a new habit, Being Proactive, which is the first and most basic habit. This habit is driven by a person’s realization that they are responsible for their lives. This type of proactive behavior can be learned.


Think of real work situation examples that will reinforce the impact of an employee not taking proactive responsibility. One example could be the employee we discussed in the Key Factor, who did not notify you of their need to be off in the morning until the day they needed off. If you had known they needed off in the morning you would have moved their favorite client to the afternoon. Instead, the team was short handed and arrived at the favorite, high tipping client late. The client was furious the team was so late, not to mention the fact that they came without the client’s ‘favorite’ cleaner. The consequence was that the client canceled their repeat service and went to another company. This is a loss of a great client to both the company and the cleaning team, not to mention the loss of great tips. All of this could have easily been avoided if the cleaner just would have given the office sufficient notice of their need to be off in the morning. Do not think that your employees have thought about this before or are able to connect the dots without your showing them how to connect them. Believe me, the next time a cleaner needs to be off they will tell you because now being proactive makes common sense to them.


Have a meeting where you present the advantages of being proactive. Present examples of how the employee is responsible for their actions and the consequences of their actions. Prepare a presentation of the proactive topic or show the Rags to Riches video entitled Habit #1 Being Proactive. Be sure to discuss the video with your employees, continually praise them when they demonstrate proactive activities and point out the instances where they had an opportunity to be proactive and they were not. Also point out the consequences of both behaviors in both situations. Use the new terminology of being proactive in your conversations with your employees so that they are continually driven back to the discussions they had on developing Habit #1 Being Proactive. This will turn a negative conversation about something they did wrong into a positive, learning and growing conversation about how they can apply what they learned to their everyday lives.

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