There will inevitably be new goals for individuals, teams, and organizations. By building an organization made up of adaptive workers, learn how you’ll be far better positioned to reach those new goals now and in the future.
- Many of us in Silicon Valley often get hooked on change. But there's no question there's comfort in a stable and predictable work environment. And in fact there'll be plenty of work situations where predictability can still be found. Government work or in traditional industries. It's also true that work in many rural areas where the pace of life is slower than in cities are also insulated from many of the winds of change. But the number of places in the world that are insulated from dramatic change is diminishing and the world of work is increasingly one of the most deeply affected areas.
In fact the entire nature of the organization is changing dramatically. That's why adaptation to change is becoming such a critical skill set. It's not enough that one or two workers in the organization become more adaptive, it's essential that entire organizations create cultures of adaptation and innovation. From an organizational strategist traditional view, change usually is anchored in the practice of change management. Now I'd like to see the day when the entire concept of change management goes the way of the Dodo.
Instead the mentality behind change management is that there's a current state and then there's this future desired state, and a bunch of smart people need to figure out how to get from point A to point Z. But there is no point Z, no mythical end state of change. In a world fueled by automation and globalization, change doesn't stop. And any strategy based on some hypothetical stasis point is doomed to failure. Now let's say we've envisioned an organization where every single worker is an adaptive worker following all the steps needed to continually adapt to never ending change.
Game over right? Wrong. By the time we got there we'd have some completely new set of goals. We might want an organization where everyone is massively creative, or each person is dedicated to having an impact in the world. And in fact those will be really important goals to have, but it doesn't matter what those new goals might be. What matters is that there will inevitably be new goals. By building an organization populated with adaptive workers you'll be far better positioned to reach those new goals.
If every single worker around you as far as the eye can see is agent full, charged with continually solving new problems, and empowered to proactively develop new solutions, you'll be far better positioned to reach those new goals no matter what they might be. That would be a marvelous organization indeed. Now it's time for you to go build it, one adaptive worker at a time. Good luck.
- 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