- Identify three elements that enable managers to be adaptable in the midst of growth.
- Recognize examples of four purposes of feedback.
- Summarize a strategy that managers use to create an environment where employees feel safe to take risks.
- Explain the approach to take as an adaptable manager when working with various types of employees.
- Recall the characteristics of a curious, adaptable manager.
Skill Level Intermediate
- The business world is changing faster than ever with digital transformation and disruption everywhere. Being adaptable is the foundational skill that will enable you to respond to change in positive, resilient ways and seize new opportunities, and as a manager, you're not just responsible for yourself. It's your job to create an environment that enables adaptability to flourish, to raise the bar for all your team members. That means staying alert not just to big picture trends, but also to the nuances of how to relate to individuals.
It means noticing deeply, asking questions, and staying curious, and it means recognizing we don't have all the answers, but if we plan strategically with that in mind rather than buying into the cozy myth of oppressions and infallibility, and we're far better off than most of our competitors. I'm Dorie Clark. I teach for Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and I'm the author of Reinventing You and Stand Out. I write frequently for the Harvard Business Review and elsewhere about the future of work, and I'm excited to share those insights with you.
So let's become more adaptable leaders.