Initiative [definition] - the power and ability to follow a task through energetically and show enterprise and determination in performing the task.

Good stuff, don’t you think?

  • ‘power and ability’
  • ‘follow through energetically’
  • ‘enterprise and determination’

Would your accountancy firm be more successful, more profitable and more exciting to work in if these three things showed up in more of your people, more of the time?

Of course it would!  Any business would benefit from unleashing more initiative!

However, it’s smarter delegation of work and jobs within your firm that results in greater initiative from your team.

Smarter delegation results in your people performing at a higher level.

And importantly, your people performing at a higher level frees your time up to focus on other more important tasks.

When you encourage more initiative from your team it gives your team confidence - they may surprise you!

Here is a great story about how a simple act of initiative within a team can change the course of a day:

At a recent training event we held in a hotel, the tea, coffee and pastries failed to show up when scheduled at 9.30am.

The event was due to start at 10am and some of the delegates had started early with long journeys to get there on time. They had not only earned the right to have a hot drink and snack, they needed it, so that they could be at their most attentive during the rest of the day.

We asked the hotel staff twice to sort the coffee – nothing happened – our delegates were thirsty and frustrated!  We were also concerned as the audience were not in a receptive frame of mind!

Fed-up with waiting, one of our team used her initiative…

She charmed the staff at a concession coffee shop within the hotel to come and take orders for ‘posh’ coffee and snacks from the delegates.

The delegates all responded positively and although the event ended up starting a little late, the delegates were impressed, satisfied and in the right frame of mind too…

This team member used her initiative – with great results…

It was a simple act – solving an immediate issue and allowing the day to move forward successfully…

How often do you encourage this kind of behaviour in your team?

How many of your team do you think would do this?

Checkout the resources below to learn how you can encourage your team to actively use their initiative, boost their confidence and drive the success of your accountancy firm


How to liberate the people potential in your firm by unleashing the power of initiative… 

The delegation ladder gives you five steps for generating greater initiative and greater results from your team. And eventually frees you up from ‘doing it all yourself’.