Behavioural competencies for Management services: Initiative

Anticipating and dealing with problems and issues in a persistent manner, seizing opportunities that arise and going beyond what is expected.

Level 1

Accepts challenges

  • Accepts challenges and persists in finding solutions.
  • Takes responsibility to get things done without waiting for others to initiate action.
  • Responds to issues and/or brings concerns forward rather than waiting for them to be discovered by someone else.

Level 2

Seeks and meets challenges

  • Constantly looks for new opportunities and seizes them when they arise.
  • Considers ideas from a variety of sources in order to solve problems.
  • Remains flexible to find alternate ways around obstacles/barriers to achieve goals.
  • Takes calculated risks to achieve goals/outcomes.
  • Perseveres in seeking solutions despite obstacles.
  • Offers technical help and expertise to resolve problems.
  • Plans ahead to address future requirements without being asked.

Level 3

Seeks to excel

  • Anticipates and responds in a proactive manner to future needs (of internal or external clients or groups) that may not be obvious to others.
  • Exceeds job expectations to contribute to the NRC objectives.
  • Coaches, supports and encourages others to test their limits.
  • Seeks to maintain an awareness of issues, even those not directly related to their job.
  • Actively acquires new skills in order that they can contribute more effectively or in new ways.