How To Become More Adaptable?

22-10-2021 12:33:38 pm

There is no doubt the world we live in will continue to change – ongoing technological

advancements will keep us needing to evolve and adapt. Plus, most of you will want to try

your hand at various career paths and possibly even jump at the opportunity to work

aboard. To manage these constant changes successfully, one needs to be adaptable. Being

adaptable allows you to respond appropriately and quickly to new ideas and procedures,

changing responsibilities and expectations as well as fresh strategies and visions. To do so

you need strong interpersonal skills.


If you struggle with adapting to the world around you, consider working on critical soft skills

such as you communication skills, creative thinking skills, analytical skills, problem-solving

skills, the ability to work well in teams and organisational skills.


These skill bases are fundamental in assisting you manage changing landscapes with ease

and adjust accordingly. However, one also needs to be open to change to be adaptable. To

be open to change you need to be:


Willing to learn






Say ‘Yes’ more than ‘No’


Being adaptable and moving down a new path is not always easy, so you need to show

determination and the ability to keep moving even if you reach a kink in the road. Mistakes

are inevitable, it is the learning and insight we take from them that keeps the journey



Being adaptable is said to be the ‘new competitive advantage’, the X factor that employers

are looking for in the next team of rising leaders. Future leaders need to be able to exercise

flexible thinking across various frameworks.


Strong planning and organisational skills will assist you in adjusting to change effectively and

efficiently. So, if these skills are not the best, find ways to improve your planning and

organisational management. The same applies to holding strong skills in your ability to

analyse data and assess solutions. These key problem-solving skills are essential to become

an adaptable person.


To improve your problems solving skills try the following:

Search the problem creatively

Think about the problem for lateral perspectives

Ask relevant people for fresh opinions and ideas

Research as much as you can

Don’t give up, even if you reach a hurdle

Trust yourself, keep level-headed


Remember being adaptable is not just your willingness to adapt but also the vital

component of your versatility and actual ability to manage the adaption successfully.

“The most important factor in survival is neither intelligence nor strength but

adaptability.” —Charles Darwin