“I mean, I’m open to a new way of doing it, but I think it works well now. Nobody’s complained.
Why throw it all out of the window just because Jo’s had the next ‘great idea’?”
[Following my previous article on investing time in new tools]. Here’s my view on why increasing your flexibility and adaptability – and resilience – is right for right now.
Don’t worry, I’m not asking you to reach for the Lycra and leg warmers.
Adaptability is being able to adjust to a new status quo – of which there are currently plenty. It’s about the speed at which you recognise things have changed and then adapt or scrap your plans to meet it.
Flexibility is not being too rigid with your thoughts or ideas. Being prepared to actively question your assumptions.
You might be reading this and telling yourself that you are already flexible and adaptable... well you learned to use a new invoice system in 2005 so it must be true, right?
Adapting and evolving as you go is much better than waiting until it’s all out of date and needing a complete overhaul – that way lies lots of time and money. (I should know, I get the call when it’s got to that point.)
My good friend and specialist resilience coach Russell Harvey describes resilience as “the importance we attach to events”. It’s that simple. It’s not about a stiff upper lip or never getting bothered by things. It’s how you bounce back.
If you decide missing that opportunity is the end of the world, it will feel that way. If you decide that your colleagues will no longer respect you because of that typo in the presentation that you spotted too late, then you’ve already sapped your confidence. It’s tiring. It’s unhelpful. It doesn’t change anything!
Equally, what achievement has been too easily dismissed to focus on the next thing on your to do list?
For me, I love a podcast – some funny, some inspirational and most irreverent. I listen to them when I travel – on trains, on planes, in my hotel room. But now I’m working from home more, I hadn’t built them into my new routine, and I was missing them. I now listen to my podcasts when I’m making and eating lunch. Even a 20-minute burst makes a difference to my mood.
Invest time in improving your resilience and see the impact on your energy levels, health and focus.
So, is it adaptability and flexibility or resilience that are going to find their way into your toolkit for 2020 and what do you hope to achieve with it? I can’t wait to hear how far it’s taken you.