Friday, January 12, 2018

Adaptability is not just a soft Skill, but a hard Capability

Self-adaptation is faster if made with the full involvement of people in organizational flow with the consciousness to change.

While turbulence is not new, and uncertainty is the new normal. Adaptability is to be understood as the ability of systems or people adapts themselves smoothly and fast to changed circumstances. Adaptation is an inherent characteristic of humans to survive. Self-adaptation is a phenomenon strictly linked to see learning and knowledge increases if shared and consumed. In the ever-changing digital dynamic, adaptability is not just a soft skill, but the hard capability.

Ability to think adaptably: Adaptability starts at the mindset level. An adaptive mind is an open mind that is able to adjust its thinking processes according to changes in its environment, or a learning mind to absorb all necessary knowledge and abstract it into insight and wisdom. Each person has a different level of knowledge (the consciousness about a problem) and reacts to environmental changes. How we behave as individuals in regard to our inner world is just as important and may even be more important than how we behave in regard to our outer world. An adaptive mind can converge conscious thinking and unconscious or inner realm, or think fast and think slow accordingly, with behaviors that are strictly linked with the information they have and with the way other people share and collaborate with them.

Ability to absorb new knowledge-gain true understanding-capture insight-create new knowledge: Learning is a process and everyone has an enormous capacity to learn. In the digital age, the knowledge life cycle is significantly shortened, digital workforce today has to learn and relearn all the time, then apply those lessons to succeed in new situations, and a collective learning capability is a strategic imperative for the company’s long-term success. Learning agility is the prerequisite to becoming self-adaptive, without growth mindset and update knowledge, either individual or the organization will get stuck and cannot reach the next level of the growth cycle. Digital learning is multidimensional, dynamic, interactive, informal and integrated, the learning plasticity significantly enforces the people’s adaptability, in order to keep the mind open; make the skills updated and continue to build the dynamic digital capabilities to compete for the future.

Ability to deal with the fast-paced changes: The talented digital professionals need to have "changeability," due to the increasing speed of changes, and they are change agents for the better self and better organization. Develop adaptability through openness, be able to seek ways and means of adjusting your perspective and those around you. Change is a continuum and once you accept that life will be a constant shift going on around us. Develop adaptability to create mutual interest communities, to identify common, yet flexible processes that introduce focus and create a sense of urgency. Develop adaptability via negotiating win-win outcomes, increasing self-confidence and performance in others, getting yourself and others into actions.

A key element in self-adaptive organisms is people. Consider the digital organization as the self-organized but interlaced and hyper-connected ecosystem, and humans are vehicles of natural and cultural solutions. Adaptability is not just a soft Skill, but a hard capability. Self-adaptation is faster if made with the full involvement of people in organizational flow with the consciousness to change. The living digital organizations can self-discover, self-adaptive, self-organize. and self-renew, act intelligently and nimble enough to adapt to change promptly, to make the leap of the digital maturity.


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