Adaptability isn't just about adjusting to broad external circumstances. At the micro level, it's also about treating people as unique and adapting to the person and situation at hand. Learn how to gear your approach to individuals, rather than being a one-size-fits-all style.
- Adaptability isn't just about adjusting…to broad, external circumstances like geopolitics…or the moves of your competitors.…At the micro level, it's about being adaptable enough…to treat people as unique and to adjust your style and tone…to the person and situation at hand.…Here's how to gear your approach…to the individuals you manage and collaborate with,…rather than insisting that one size fits all.…First, at a basic level, an essential thing to understand…is whether your employee responds best to gentleness…or firmness in your approach to them.…
Early in my career, I learned this when I had an employee…who would become incredibly sad and distressed…when I offered her suggestions…about how to improve her work.…What I came to realize was that she was a perfectionist.…And when I offered feedback,…she took it as a sign of personal failure…and became almost despondent.…Of course, that's pretty extreme…and something she might want to work on.…But nonetheless, as her manager,…what I knew is the part I could control…
- 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.