Ability to take initiative - Social entrepreneurship training, Module 5


Module Objectives – what can you learn from this module?

You will be able:

  • to understand the value of taking risk in the entrepreneurial world.
  • to understand the taking initiative process.
  • to value the importance of personal initiative and active performance in nowadays.

The module will focus on:

  • Defining initiative and ability to take the initiative.
  • Qualities of succesfull entrepreneurs.
  • How to develop your ability to take initiative.

Learning steps:

1. Watch the following video:

Task 1:

Write a text explaining what Cecilia Adabie means when she says that the greatest risk in our world is not take a risk.

2. Read the following articles:

A. Frohman, Igniting organizational change from below: The power of personal initiative, 1997.

M. Frese, D. Fay, Personal initiative: An active performance concept for work in the 21st century, 2001.

Task 2:

Based on the texts read, develop a 1500-word essay, answering the following questions:

  • What is the importance of personal initiative and active performance in today’s entrepreneurship world?
  • What are the factors involved in the development of the ability to take initiative?


3. Read the introductory text on Ability to take initiative.

Task 3:

Discuss with one of your friends about an ambitious entrepreneur that you know he / she has been successful.

Task 4:

Read the Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs Forbes' List, checking entrepreneurs' profiles and their companies' website. Find the commonalities between the entrepreneurs and their businesses, and write a short article about the common things you identified.


Task 5:

Watch the video-examples of social entrepreneurs and their ideas, from the following link: Calling all Change-Makers.

Choose one case from the list, and analyze it answering to the following questions:

  • How does the case you chose connect to the ability to take initiative?
  • What was / were the risk/s the entrepreneur took to start its social enterprise?
  • What are the similarities and the differences between the entrepreneur you chose and the standard profile of the entrepreneur described in the introductory text on Ability to take initiative?


Download and play the module 4 of the Business Simulation Game - Ability to take initiative here.


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*** The Social Entrepreneurship Training was developed by Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, for the I SEE YOU project, and it can be used for free by individual learners. If you plan to use the training materials in classes, workshops, training, etc., please contact us prior to the activity. Thank you!