1) An extreme “over pre-action” to an event occurring in the future.
2) Extraordinarily proactive measures taken in spite of detailed
in place to address the situation
are typically verbose, meticulously detailed
, and far exceed the authority of the originator. Commonly encountered via email, examples often
contain combinations of “wall o’ words”, check-lists, outlines, attachments, or screen shots and are often
sent to multiple recipients
using separate email chains
in a shotgun effect. Whether intended or not, nuclear proactions are demeaning to their recipients
because they are generally unnecessary and infer ineptitude
on the part of the recipient.
Proactor discovers a problem impacting a tiny percentage of the company’s customer base. Following
procedures, he notifies
his direct supervisor
in a 500-word paragraph explaining
the problem. Without delay, Proactor proceeds to forward the communication
(crafted for his supervisor
) to co-workers including a comprehensive check
list they must
follow in order to identify examples of the issue for collection.
A separate communication
goes to all Field, Network, and Database engineering teams. This note has a subject “FYI” with
text in the body of “Please Assist” and 14 screen
shots detailing the sole example collected
(the 15th screen shot
was left off to prevent the message from being too large for the company’s servers to process). Attached
to this Engineering communication
are the two prior emails Proactor sent. This final concoction gets forwarded to a manager with
the company VP blind
his Nuclear Proaction, Proactor puts up his out of office message and leaves for the day.