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How to improve adaptive thinking

Developing adaptive thinking is not improving it. We also need a plan to further foster our adaptive thinking skills.

The Top Gun academy turned out to be a great success because they built a library of case studies. Their air training sessions were recorded and later observed by the entire crew so that everyone knew how to respond to different situations.

The skills that make a professional successful are not based on how well they know the information in textbooks but how they can handle situations based on their years of experience.

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Adaptive thinking is changing your usual behaviour quickly in response to an unexpected situation.

Regardless of how carefully you plan for things that could go wrong, things will inevitably go wrong.

We have always been told that good thinking is the result of reading books.

Employing the power of adaptive thinking requires work and open-mindedness. The biggest hurdle that will prevent you from having a good response is not allowing your mind to wander.

Plan in advance how you envision a task. For example, if you need to talk with a new client, write down everything you need to become successful. Think about all the details and imagine doing the task in your head.

The best form of planning is having a plan if things fail. But, more importantly, have a backup plan on your backup plan.

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