Adaptability

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It’s hard to know how my future will look back at me. What am I doing right? What problems am I missing, right in front of my eyes? Will my preparation have a significant impact? Will I get credit for my bright future or be blamed for my incompetence?

We live in times of rapid change and complex uncertainty. What future do I see coming? Nobody knows what the future looks like. The acronym first coined in the army is now widely applied to business and society. It describes a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world. What I know I can do to succeed in times of rapid change and difficult uncertainty by adaptability.

What is Adaptability? Is it essential to learn about that thing?

There are at least five reasons why we need to learn about adaptability. Adaptability helps us stay relevant and be more valuable where ever you work. We will become more resilient. We’ll have good agility to handle changes. It helps us deal with ambiguity and minimize stress. We will be open to improvement and constructive feedback.

“Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.” — Mahatma Gandhi.

Adaptability means being flexible and adjusting to changing factors, conditions, or environments. Being adaptable is highly valued in almost all workplaces since every industry and business can be unpredictable.

How does Adaptability help me in the workplace?

With industry 4.0 rapidly growing everywhere, workplaces face fundamental changes to their operation. As an undergraduate student, organizations are like a workplace for me. Since the pandemic started, technology has helped us discuss our work. It’s so flexible that I can work from anywhere.

How does Adaptability help me to interact?

The working setup consists of a diverse environment and people. Hence we’ll find these challenges in the way of interacting. Active listening and other forms of communication like nonverbal communication are also equally important aspects of adaptability. Active listening shows you are attentive and ready to take a new direction, and developing your nonverbal communication skills can help you navigate changes in team relationships or dynamics in the workplace.

How does Adaptability help me to achieve?

Achievement is not only measured from the results but also through the process, understanding, and interactions with other people and their values. To achieve or accomplish our task, we need teamwork because what we do is connected with what the others are doing.

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins a championship.” — Michael Jordan

How does Adaptability help me to learn?

Technology changes the way people learn. Nowadays, knowledge and information are inclusive: we have equal opportunity to access any knowledge availability. There are some tips:

  1. Create a development/promotion to help strategize your learning.
  2. Check out the review/rating before deciding to buy or subscribe to a course to ensure that the material is relevant to our plan.
  3. In the era of bite-sized learning, “learn small, but often”.
  4. Understand our learning styles, refuse to get bored

How does Adaptability help me think?

The way we think -our mindset- is a powerful technique that can help us perceive the problems we’re facing from different viewpoints. The mindset is the source of our ability to adapt. Our mindset drives our action, which eventually drives our growth.

Shout out to Kak Devi Nurlaily Rizqia Putri and all of Generasi Gigih 2.0 by YABB and GoTo’s for this deliver these amazing Softskills: Adaptability materials.

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