I’ve been reminded in multiple ways recently that stress can stand in the way of our ability and willingness to adapt, both personally and organizationally.
When our nervous system is on high alert, our tendency is to self-protect. In that state, it’s very hard for us to be curious, to listen well, or to stay open to new experiences. We can easily get stuck in unhelpful patterns simply because we are so overwhelmed by demands and ongoing volatility that we can’t bear to introduce change in yet another area of our life — even if that change is positive and wanted.
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It’s far easier to sell people something they both need and want.
I offer services I think people need. But even if I’m right about that, they may still not want them. And if people don’t want them, they likely won’t buy them. Need is not the same as demand.
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Are you wired to take the harder or easier path?
It’s an area of contradiction for me. I tend to assume that the more difficult route is the right one — my brain’s distortion of The Road Not Taken alongside an over-developed Protestant work ethic I suspect. Yet at the same time, I love helping my clients find their easier path to success. For instance, when I work on increasing a team’s Adaptability Quotient, I’ll often say, “We all have to adapt. Why not discover your easier, preferred route to doing so and take that path through the woods of uncertainty rather than hacking your way through the brush of an uncleared trail?”
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I am confident you’ll be able to relate to the folks I’m highlighting for their embodiment of adaptability because, as for many of you, they’ve had to navigate a fundamental change (or several!) in their work over the past few years. It’s asked a lot of them, but they have found their way through with grace and humour.
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No one needs to be convinced that adaptability is necessary.
But maybe we do need reminding that adaptability is:
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- a skill (not a trait),
- comprised of other “sub-skills,”
- and therefore, there are almost unlimited ways to improve it.