How do you approach a new, unfamiliar, or stressful task?
- Start with small steps.
- Get rid of negativity.
- Gather information and resources.
- Just begin.
To grow is to learn new things, meaning – getting out of our comfort zone and out of our own way. However, an obvious fact is that new tasks and unknown situations make us nervous. So, the trick is to get comfortable with the uncomfortable.
Becoming more adaptive as a company is to play the long game. When we continue to create value; solve the right problems at the right time; and be present leaders … this is how we strengthen our competitive advantage, and how we build internal organizational resilience.
There are three ways to be more intentionally adaptable:
- Continue to create value.
- Solve the right problems at the right time.
- Be present and real.
Small changes will start to create a different (and an additional) impact on building internal company resilience. The more dynamic your company, the more opportunities you may realize.
“What helps me is the accountability activity system I created for myself in my PM platform. I’ve tried many things, but knowing I need to keep track of and document my results daily and so I can report into my accountability group creates another layer for me." – Belinda Alford, SYSTEMologist®, Business Systems Consultant at TANTUM Business Systems
“There is a point we must be able to say I’ve done all that I can do, and then let go and allow us to receive the result." – Christine L. Bowen, Creative Entrepreneur, Media Personality, TOTAL Presence Consulting
“It’s a hard process to begin, but when you dive in and really look at the details, you can find solutions and create a plan. At the end of this task, people are often met with a sense of calm and sometimes excitement because they’ve created a roadmap for improvement. – Lizabeth Wesely-Casella, CEO L-12 Services LLC
“I’m always reminded how important it is to remember what we can control (ourselves, our actions, our thoughts) and let go of the rest (others, their actions)." – Cynthia Del’Aria, CEO/Founder Raika Technologies
“It doesn’t matter who we are or what are the challenges. If we’re looking at those challenges and thinking, ‘I just can’t get by this,’ you’re not going anywhere. But if you’re ‘OK, what’s the first one I’m going to try to knock down,’ you can probably see yourself do it. And then you can think and have that confidence. When you instill that in yourself, you can move mountains." – Tracy Lamourie, Founder & Managing Director, Lamourie Media
“When you’re a manager, you probably could do every task that the people who worked for you could do. When you’re a leader, you can’t anymore, there are whole functions that are outside of your knowledge base. And you have to be able to step back, and not intervene." – Rick Hall, CEO Aginity Corporation
“To understand and be adaptive to the changing climate means understanding that best practices are today’s solutions to yesterday’s problems. Be careful about best practices." – Steve Chaparro, Organizational Culture Expert/Speaker
“When the story revolves around the customer, as opposed to around you or your process or your products. What you’re doing is you’re letting them discover their own experience with your product or service before they buy it. That’s what buyers want." – Mike Wittenstein, Founder + Managing Partner, Storyminers
Accountability is hard and requires discipline. Tools can help, and so can people. Documentation of work done and accomplishments reached is important with how fast things move today. It’s important to track accomplishments over time (and talk about them, too!). – Jess Dewell, Red Direction, Operations and Strategy
As additional reading material, I suggest the following articles:
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Cultivating Adaptability Is the Key to Business Longevity – by Terri Williams Lendio
Twelve business leaders tell us what they’ve learned after a ‘crisis’ year of lockdown – by Hannah Finch, BusinessLive
Promoting A Culture Of Adaptability: 16 Effective Tips For Businesses – Expert Panel, Forbes
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