Do you describe yourself as professionally adaptable? How would your colleagues and clients describe you: adaptable or resistant to what is new, next and changing?
When I ask meeting attendees or coaching clients these two questions, initial responses are surprisingly homogeneous. First, most people view themselves as open to change and receptive to new ideas. However, when they are asked to commit to changing their mindset and habits to become more professionally adaptable, they are surprised at how resistant they become.
How about you?
Being professionally adaptable is a function of how you see the world and process information to make decisions on how to solve problems.
Your problem-solving capabilities can be relearned and improved. However, how much of your problem-solving habits are a function of personal and professional environments: past and current?
My speaking programs focus on professional innovation and cross functional leadership. When I speak at meetings or coach clients, understanding the context under which they learned to solve problems, in the first place, is revelatory. Over time, making decisions on how to solve problems becomes second-nature. However, that second-nature, unconscious behavior can get in the way of your being professionally adaptable.
Transforming your habits to become professionally adaptable is a function of leveraging three questions prior to making decisions.
- Am I overly-reliant on how I originally learned to solve problems? Do I use the same professional tools in a one-size-fits-all, auto-pilot approach, to solve every problem?
- Are my problem-solving habits, mindset and toolkit a function of what is most comfortable for me? Have I become overly-dependent prioritizing my professional comfort when making decisions?
- What choices do I need to make to continuously push myself to be professionally adaptable, so I better serve colleagues and clients?
If your professional goals include an innovative, cross-functional leadership trajectory, then hunkering down in what is comfortable is not a viable option.
Choosing to walk the walk of being professionally adaptable means continuously pushing yourself to adapt, adopt, and apply what is new and next and changing. So you become a trusted, go-to resource for colleagues and clients to lead them where they need to go. One millimeter at a time. What is your choice?
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Babette Ten Haken’s One Millimeter Mindset™ programs catalyze people who solve problems differently to collaborate more successfully. Become more professionally visible, cross-functionally relevant, and strategically valuable as you create and implement innovative and robust business outcomes together. Babette is a business-oriented STEM professional, qualitative Voice of the Customer facilitator, PMI-certified Wicked Problem Solver, and Six Sigma Green Belt (Quality). She is a member of the ASQ, SHRM, PMI, the National Speakers Association. Her playbook of cross-functional collaboration, Do YOU Mean Business? is available on Amazon.com. Contact Babette here. Image source: Adobe Stock.