How adaptability can help you in the face of change or organisational crisis

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Adaptability is important in a changing, global work landscape. Individuals are able to adapt to changing job descriptions, and rotations in different roles. Being flexible and adjusting to new conditions, individuals are able to adapt their behavior to the situation at hand.

It also allows individuals to communicate and build relationships with varying hierarchies. It means versatility, able to learn from experience, improve behaviours and alter their actions as required. This enables the ability to effect change in a smooth and timely fashion.

What does a higher score mean?

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You are highly adaptable, able to live in the present and respond to demands and changes at the drop of a hat. You are flexible and adapt and change as required in the circumstances you are facing. You can stay calm in the face of crisis and excel under pressure.

What does a lower score mean?

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You prefer stability and consistent role responsibilities. You do not enjoy pressure and prefer to have a calm work environment.

To nurture your Adaptability:

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Take on roles that allow you to face change periodically and allow you the flexibility to adapt to the circumstances. Live in the moment and take on each change or challenge one at a time, adjust behavior and respond quickly to start making an impact.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Are you able to cope with stress?
  • Are you open to change?
  • Do you respond positively to change on a daily basis? (no whining!)
  • Are you able to apply new learnings to your role?
  • Can you embrace the idea of there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’?
  • Do you trust your own gut and embrace flexibility?

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