Lifestyle April 1, 2015

AtoZ Blogging Challenge – A for Adaptability

All through April, I will be posting on A2Z of Professional Life, Monday through Saturday. Do join me in this journey!

Adaptability or the ability to adapt is a plus in any given situation. In the professional world though, it is THE mantra to survive and thrive. How often have we heard the words “Adapt or Perish” ? Trust me, that is not an exaggeration. Perish in the corporate world does not mean literally perish, it means career setbacks. It means no growth. Whatever be your chosen career, change is inevitable. It could be a small change like a new tool being made mandatory a big change like getting a new manager or a huge change like a takeover. Whatever be the scenario, it takes an attitude of adaptability to deal with it. It takes a lot of agility in reaping benefit from change. More so if you work in a dynamic and fast growing environment. You can expect frequent situations demanding you to adapt quickly. If there is one thing I have learnt in a career, it is that the sooner you adapt, the lesser stress you cause yourself.

AtoZ Blogging Challenge - A for Adaptability

 

Adaptability does not come easy to us. Many of us have a tendency to resist change. The good part though is that adaptability can be cultivated. A few things that worked for me are:

  1. Accept it. Accept the change coming your way. Decide quickly if it makes sense to resist it. If it is futile, make your peace with it and move on
  2. Try to find a silver lining. No matter how bad the situation, it will always have something good. An impossible project that will teach you new things or give you an intellectual kick. It may be small, tiny even. Find it and hold on to it.
  3. Don’t try to read too much between the lines. Am not saying take things at absolute face value. Just don’t over analyse and create issues they don’t exist.
  4. Keep a Positive frame of mind. Negativity grows of you. It feeds on your fear and insecurities and of those around you. Talking to someone who tends to see things straight helps as against someone who always assumes the worst.

 

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23 Comments

  • Reply Suman Kher May 1, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I haven’t worked in the corporate jungle. But through experience of others and my own experience as a freelancer, I think adaptability is a trait that is a must for anyone.

    • Reply Ankita May 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Well most of what is applicable in corporate life is applicable in the your personal life as well. The basic character building is the same!

  • Reply Shilpa Garg April 2, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Everything is changing at an ever increasing pace around us so being adaptable is the way to go. It’s like shape up or ship out!

  • Reply Debbie D. April 2, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Excellent beginning for the A-Z Challenge. Yes. adaptability is so important, not only in the corporate world, but in life, generally. The silver lining aspect will get us through the rough times.

    • Reply Ankita April 2, 2015 at 7:43 am

      Hey Debbie. Thanks for stopping by 🙂 I agree that these things keep you going in real life as well… as for the rough times, the smallest hope is all one needs…

  • Reply Patricia Lynne April 2, 2015 at 1:01 am

    I always get a little whiny with something new, but tend to adapt easily enough.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Member of C. Lee’s Muffin Commando Squad
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

    • Reply Ankita April 2, 2015 at 7:44 am

      If you can adapt, you are allowed to by whiny for a while… perhaps that is your way of getting it out of your system!

  • Reply Inderpreet Kaur Uppal April 1, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Such a relevant word you have chosen, in all spheres of life it is a must.
    The 5 point are the best, silver lining and a positive mind are the best bet for a happy life.

    • Reply Ankita April 1, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      It sure is… not just in the professional world but personal too. Thanks for visiting Inderpreet 🙂

  • Reply Maniparna Sengupta Majumder April 1, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Adaptability is a skill which we acquire through our experiences. Life teaches us everything…. 🙂 Nice post Ankita…

    • Reply Ankita April 1, 2015 at 11:55 pm

      Thank you Maniparna 🙂 I agree that there is no teacher like life itself… as for adaptability, the sooner you learn, the better it is!

  • Reply Hot chocolate April 1, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Gosh..been teaching for ages now and def agree about adapting to the changing needs of our kids

    • Reply Ankita April 1, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Oh yes… That I would completely agree with… Changing times, changing needs!

  • Reply Yvonne April 1, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I like your silver lining idea. 🙂

    Yvonne

    • Reply Ankita April 1, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Thanks…it generally works…

  • Reply Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life April 1, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    It’s so important to be able to adapt to different work situations and colleagues as well. I notice when people stay in a job for a long time, they become less adaptable and way more rigid. Great thoughts there which I could use too when I get bogged down a bit too much. 🙂

    • Reply Ankita April 1, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      I agree… the longer you spend in the same place, the more you get comfortable! I hope you don’t ever get bogged down… but if you do, you know where to come 🙂

  • Reply Nimi April 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Adapt… I guess it is something we do unconsciously most of the time…
    And when we don’t, the consequences speak for themselves…
    Happy to have discovered your blog, Ankita 🙂

    • Reply Ankita April 1, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Welcome to the blog Nimi 🙂

      I agree that we subconciously adapt. Like taking an alternate route when there is a traffic jam. In the corporate world however, there are people who resist change. They may get away with it for a while but it hurts later… 🙂 a lot of what will be covered in this series will be from my own experiences and things I wish I knew in the early days of my career!

      • Reply Nimi April 2, 2015 at 9:53 am

        I really look forward to reading about your experiences, through the challenge…

        • Reply Ankita April 2, 2015 at 11:46 am

          Thank you Nimi… hope you will enjoy reading about them 🙂

  • Reply Dee April 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    As a corporate girl myself, I have to agree with what you said. Adaptability is a skill that we definitely need in order to survive in the corporate world! Those are great tips!

    A Deecoded Life #AtoZchallenge

    • Reply Ankita April 1, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Hey Dee.. thanks for liking them 🙂

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