5 Keys to Adaptability

Keys to adaptability

As a leader, you’re flying your business by the seat of your pants through turbulence every day. You need to know how to increase adaptability. Although “winging it” may have a bad rap, it is crucial to know how to do it for peak performance. Here are 5 keys to adaptability. To start, develop your purpose statement, or a personal mission statement

To achieve peak performance in a world of change and uncertainty means adaptability, reacting to change nimbly and decisively. (Don’t try to hang onto normal.) Like retired United Airlines pilot, Verne Jobst said, “Flexible is much too rigid, in aviation, you have to be fluid.” We are piloting our business through the turmoil!

These keys to adaptability will guide you.

Adaptability is easier when you have a “why.” Be clear about why you’re doing what you’re doing. If you have to change direction, at least your primary reason will stay intact. If you’re blindsided by business turbulence, your plans may not work. You will have to wing it. These 5 keys to adaptability are your way to soar above it. Consider these steps:

  • Draft a purpose statement or a personal mission statement.
  • Don’t confine your planning to what you know or assume. Leave lots of room for surprises.
  • Prepare and train your team for more than you think you’ll need to know or do. It’ll come in handy.
  • Keep your eye open for obstacles and opportunities. The sooner you see them, the better you can respond.
  • Have the courage to change course as the situation warrants.

These keys to adaptability – knowing how to wing it – mean you can take advantage of the opportunities that you didn’t plan for. You can achieve peak performance and soar. You’re flying by the seat of your pants, so follow your passion, but stay open and flexible. You can soar – the hang gliding is optional.