When you think of the difference between proactive and reactive, do you tend to look at one as being somebody who is a go-getter, and is productive, energetic and inspirational, while the other is someone who is less of a leader, but more of a follower?
It’s true that the word “reactive” carries a negative connotation in the business sense, but consider for a moment how people operate. If someone were to ask you what type of
personality you would prefer as a virtual assistant – a proactive or a reactive one, the chances are that you would initially opt for the former. Yet there is a time and place for both types of person within an organization and definite advantages associated with hiring a reactive virtual assistant at the right time.
A proactive virtual assistant is often referred to someone who is worth their weight in gold. You won’t need to spend a lot of time involved in coaching them, as they are already experienced at the work that they do. They are usually business owners in their own right, and most likely know very well how to streamline a particular task while maintaining maximum productivity and efficiency.
Yet this is not to take away from the benefits associated with a reactive virtual assistant. This person may not be quite as experienced or “business savvy” as the proactive alternative, but they may nevertheless be highly efficient in their own right and can be relied on 100% to complete the tasks delegated.
The reactionary virtual assistant reacts differently to the task or project laid out in front of them. Jobs which may be by definition rather mundane or repetitive can be attacked right away, with ultimate reliability being their forte. There’s no question that the job will not be completed, and the type of personality associated with a reactive virtual assistant means that they will not rest until they have completed the task to your satisfaction.
It is sometimes thought that only a proactive virtual assistant can be a really valuable business asset in terms of someone who can truly be seen as an adviser. The proactive VA is, after all, the one who suggests that an alternative method may be cheaper, quicker or more productive, and the reactive VA is one who will get the job done.
Often the best virtual assistant team will be the one that has a mixture of both types within (like the chicks on our team here at Virtual Assistant Chick). Contrary to popular opinion both types can get along equally as well with each other under stressful circumstances and it is worth developing a team that is composed of a variety of personalities, especially if they have experience of working together in the past.
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