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Adaptable people excel as leaders, earn the respect of their peers, inspire those around them to embrace change, and helps to facilitate even the most unanticipated transitions.

Unlike adaptable leaders, a leader unable to pivot quickly could hurt employees and the organization as a whole.

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The Benefits of Being Adaptable - business.com

The Benefits of Being Adaptable - business.com

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Adaptability

Adaptability is the personality trait that helps determine how you respond to change. It’s composed of flexibility (your willingness to change) and versatility (your ability to change). Adaptable people are less anxious and deal better with changes than those were not.

While we may have natural tendencies to be more or less adaptable, we can consciously decide to be more mentally flexible.

Valuable To Your Employer

Adaptable people are open to new ideas, and don't need to follow traditional ways. They're able to anticipate changes and don't panic when things don't go according to plan.

Adaptability always adds to the competitive advantage of organizations or individuals. 

A Better Leader

Adaptable people excel as leaders, earn the respect of their peers, inspire those around them to embrace change, and helps to facilitate even the most unanticipated transitions.

Unlike adaptable leaders, a leader unable to pivot quickly could hurt employees and the organization as a whole.

Happier And More Satisfied With Life

Our ability to have life satisfaction, to be happy and to have good relationships depends on our ability to adapt.

Being adaptable means not feeling hopeless and helpless in the face of change. If you can tell yourself that you have the skills and ability to change yourself, even if you can't change the situation, you have the key to being happy regardless of your circumstances.

Career Transitions

Being adaptable can mean less time looking for work, and less stress as you tackle your new job search tasks.

You stop procrastinating and do what it takes to get a job. You're also more likely to try new roles, increasing the scope and the chances of success of your search.

Bounce Back Quickly From Adversity

Adaptable people take adversity in stride, adjusting their thoughts and expectations to suit their new reality, instead of dwelling on "what could have been."

Being adaptable means you change yourself to accommodate your circumstances, which is often easier than changing your circumstances.

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Adaptability

... is a combination of flexibility, your attitude and willingness to adapt, and versatility, your ability to adapt. 

The effectively adaptable person meets the other person’s nee...

Traits Of The Highly-Flexible
  • Confidence: belief in oneself and one’s own judgement and resourcefulness.
  • Tolerance: acceptance of opinions and practices different from one’s own.
  • Empathy: ability to understand and somewhat share the feelings and thoughts of others.
  • Positiveness: having a positive attitude.
  • Respect for others: sincere desire to understand and consider other people’s choices, commitments and needs in relation to yours.
Traits That Undermine Flexibility
  • Rigidity: “It’s my way or the highway.
  • Competition with others:I’m smarter, prettier, etc., than you.
  • Discontent: “No, I don’t like it this way. Why can’t we…
  • Unapproachable: “Don’t bother me unless it’s worth my time and you agree with me.”
  • Difficulty with ambiguity: “Let’s nail this down right now.

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How To Be Adaptable
How To Be Adaptable
  • Stop whining. Learn to accept the situation, adapt to it, and move on. 
  • Don’t mindlessly believe that something is ‘wrong’ and must be avoided. 
  • Disc...
Talent Spotting

Digital leaders don’t have to do everything themselves, but they must be able to spot the areas of their organization that need improving. Moreover, they need to be able to hire an...

Adaptability

Sudden changes in the industry can disrupt the status quo, potentially derailing the success of your organization. In these situations a leader must remain flexible and adaptable, ready to make the quick decisions that can keep the company on track with minimal negative impact.

Risk-Taking

Putting speed and innovation ahead of tried-and-tested business practices often makes leaders cautious. However, in a fast-changing world, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.

For a start-up, the risks can be even greater but innovation is impossible without risk. And if you can’t take risks, you may not be cut out to be a digital leader.

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Inefficiency

Many times we feel the pressure to adapt perfectly to our environments, not to waste our time and to maximize it.

Inefficient does not mean ineffective, nor lazy: You're a bit messy and us...

Efficiency Makes us Fragile

Total efficiency constrains us. We become highly invested in maintaining the status quo because that is where we excel.

However, innovation is a threat and change is terrifying. Being perfect at something is dangerous if that is all you can do.

Inefficiency Allows for Change

Inefficiency forces us to develop other traits that give us the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances.

Leave aside the fear of new challenges. Leave aside the fear of not being the best. When you put yourself in situations where you aren't the most skilled, you learn and grow and adapt. When change comes, you will have a broader range of skills to explore new possibilities.

Adaptability in a changing world
Adaptability in a changing world

In our rapidly changing world, adaptability is a must-have characteristic.

Organizations want team members who can take on new responsibilities and gain new skills as needed. You should n...

How to assess adaptability
  • When interviewing people, ask "what if" questions. It will force a person to picture multiple possible versions and make decisions accordingly. It will give a sense of the candidate's adaptability based on how many scenarios they're able to come up with.
  • "Tell me about the time you were wrong," followed by "What is the most convincing argument of those who disagreed with you?" will tell you if people are willing to change their minds and consequently be more adaptable.
Unlearning instead of learning

Unlearning is an important sign of adaptability and very useful for people who are looking for a new job.

Unlearning is challenging what you think you know and overriding the information with new data.ddsadasdasd

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Leaderships skills related to EQ
  • Working to inspire and motivate those around;
  • Focus on collaboration between team members, which creates synergy and a better experience for employees;
  • “Walking the talk,...
Reframing your mindset

Stop reacting to life and start responding to it.

If you want to really change, you need to start reframing your mindset. You’re not in control of everything that happens to you, but y...

Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

What mindset is

A mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or notations that is so established that it creates a powerful incentive within you to continue to adopt or accept prior behaviours, choices, or tools.

It’s so powerful that it affects every decision-making process. It predetermines your responses and interpretations of situations.

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Learned Optimism in Psychology
Learned Optimism in Psychology

This is a concept that suggests that we can always change our attitude and behaviour, be aware of our thoughts and stop our negative self-talk.

Learned Optimism is a positi...

Pessimism Vs Optimism

Pessimism is defined as the anticipation of good or bad things to happen in the future, while optimism is generally considered the opposite. Optimism can be defined as the individual difference variable reflecting the extent of which we hold positive expectancies for the upcoming event.

The ways in which we think affects our health, well-being and success, even though the situations are the same.

Benefits of Optimism
  • A positive impact on many aspects of physical and mental health.
  • Provides motivation to work harder.
  • Greater career success in life.

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Resourcefulness is a mindset

With resourcefulness, you are driven to find a way

An attitude of resourcefulness inspires out-of-the-box thinking, the generation of new ideas, and the ability to visualize ...

Open-minded

In being open-minded you find value in all kinds of different people, events and circumstances. 

You demonstrate a willingness to embrace different possibilities, opportunities, thoughts, views, suggestions and experiences outside of your normal repertoire. You push yourself to do what others believe to be impossible

Self-assured

This is the first step you take in getting things done.

When you are self-assured you like and trust yourself and your capacity to handle any problem placed in front of you. You know your value, appreciate your talents, work ethic and your ability to consistently follow through on your every word, deed and action.

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Defining excuses

Excuses are rationalizations we make to ourselves about people, events, and circumstances. 

They are invented reasons we create to defend our behavior, to postpone taking action or simpl...

The Fear Trap

We make excuses for the following key reasons:

  • Fear of Failure
  • Fear of Embarrassment
  • Fear of Success
  • Fear of Change
  • Fear of Uncertainty
  • Fear of Responsibility
  • Fear of Making Mistakes
  • Perceived lack of confidence or resources
To successfully eliminate excuses we must first consider removing all traces of fear. Fear paralyzes us and prevents forward movement in all areas of our lives.
'There’s just not enough time'
This excuse means a lack of desire, focus, discipline, and direction.
It suggests the wrong priorities or time management problems. It could also indicate laziness or procrastination.

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