Learn how to develop adaptive workers. Explore why workers—and managers—need to be adaptive, and what skills managers can help employees develop in order to be resilient.
- The combination of automation and globalization is transforming the workplace before our eyes. And that means that workers need brand new strategies for continually responding to changes the way they work, the way they collaborate, and in the way they adapt to exponential change. Hi, I'm Gary Bolles. I help organizations and individuals to navigate disruptive change. I've worked as a strategy consultant, a writer, and as a career counselor, and I'm going to help you learn how to develop adaptive workers who could effectively respond to a constantly changing world.
Developing adaptive workers starts with understanding the mindset and the psychology of adaptation, what helps us to learn how to adapt, and what also keeps us from doing it effectively. It turns out there are very specific skills for adapting to constant change, especially self-management skills, which help us not to simply react to change, but to anticipate, and therefore, effectively adapt to change. Understanding those skills, in turn, helps us to develop what I call agency, empowered to proactively solve problems without needing a traditional management approach.
And finally, we don't just need adaptive workers. We need adaptive teams who work together to meet the continually changing needs of the organization. Sometimes the constant pace of change can be so daunting, it may seem impossible to help workers to remain continually effective. It's not only possible, it's essential that we help workers to understand the most effective strategies for coping with, and even for taking advantage of, a world of exponential change.
So, let's get started.
- Characteristics of adaptive workers
- How to be an adaptive manager
- Honing self-management skills
- Developing proactive workers
- Importance of goals in adaptive work
- Developing and supporting remote workers
- Empowering adaptive workers to solve problems
- Collaboration and adaptive teams