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Adaptability with a growth mindset

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

The power of adaptability

In the modern workplace there is an abundance of unexpected changes and new problems constantly arise. This has led to adaptability becoming an increasingly sought-after characteristic for individuals, as it becomes imperative that organisations have a workforce with the ability to rapidly adjust to new situations, environments and demands.

Although sometimes viewed negatively, change is not only inevitable - it is fundamental to business growth and success and by developing your adaptability you can support your organisation to succeed. Improving your adaptability will help you better deal with the challenges that change can bring, reducing stress and improving your overall wellbeing.

The right leadership skills

Furthermore, adaptability also allows for greater efficiency and productivity and research shows that people who are more adaptable display key leadership skills, are more productive overall and are more satisfied with their jobs which are all factors which increase the likelihood of new opportunities for career advancement. In fact, one survey found that 71% of executives believe that adaptability was the most important quality they looked for in a leader.

Developing a growth mindset

To be adaptable in the workplace, it’s essential to have a growth mindset. This means that you view challenges and setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow, rather than as failures. Those with a growth mindset are more likely to embrace change and find creative solutions to problems.

One way to develop a growth mindset is to focus on learning new skills and knowledge. This could include taking courses, attending workshops, or participating in online learning opportunities. By constantly expanding your skill set, you’ll be better prepared to tackle new challenges and take on new responsibilities.

Communication effectiveness in the workplace

Another key aspect of adaptability is the ability to communicate effectively. Good communication skills are essential for building strong relationships, collaborating with others, and sharing ideas. This means being able to listen actively, express yourself clearly, and adapt your communication style to different situations and individuals.

Creating opportunities for yourself to collaborate with others but within and outside of your team requires you to adapt to your colleagues’ working styles and personalities. When you engage with others you may also be required to take on different roles which is another great opportunity to practice and reflect on your adaptability.

Adapting through a great company culture

The culture of an organisation can also have a huge impact on the adaptability of its employees. Companies that are open to change and innovation and provide employees with support and resources to learn and grow, are more likely to foster an adaptable workforce. For example, some organisations offer opportunities for development, such as mentoring programmes or networking events.

Others may have flexible work arrangements, such as remote or part-time options, that allow employees to balance their work and personal lives but requires them to anticipate and respond to the changing climates simultaneously. These types of initiatives can help employees feel supported and empowered to adapt to new challenges.

Setting yourself up for success

Ultimately, adaptability is about being open to change and willing to learn and grow. It’s a valuable quality for both individuals and organisations, leading to increased success and productivity in the workplace. By fostering a growth mindset, developing new skills, and contributing to a supportive work environment, you can set yourself up for success in the ever-changing business world.

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