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How to Be Adaptive When Things Are Changing Fast?

How to Be Adaptive When Things Are Changing Fast?

Change is an unavoidable part of our work lives. There are times when we can control it, but most often, we can’t. It’s not always the best thing to change our jobs or roles. In our organizations, reorganizations occur, as well as the redesign of strategies.

The good news is that there are ways to adapt to and even take advantage of change.

Look for humor in the situation. To create the fun needed to view a vexing problem from a new perspective, one can find a funny moment during an otherwise unfunny situation. Other people can benefit as well from it.

Rod A. Martin, a renowned humor researcher who has studied the effects of witty banter, or “affiliative humor,” found that it can lighten spirits and improve social interaction. It’s just a matter of keeping it respectful and inclusive. It is a good rule of thumb that other people’s strife is not to be laughed at, but you can use your troubles as comedy fodder.

Feelings are less critical than problems. The idea that talking a lot about our anger, fears, and frustrations will help us get through unwanted changes is one of the common myths of coping with change. Unfortunately, the opposite is not always true. It has been demonstrated that continuously broadcasting negative emotions inhibits our ability to adapt.

That doesn’t mean you should “suck it up” or ignore your problems. For example, do not ignore your anxiety or anger; instead, call it outright at the outset of a disorienting change so that you are aware of how it might affect your thinking or disrupt your relationships. Next, find out what you should do from a practical standpoint. If you do this, instead of lamenting about the problems you cannot solve, you can focus on those you can.

Don’t worry about stressing out. Stress affects us according to our beliefs. In the book The Upside of Stress, Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal argues that your stress reaction significantly impacts your health and success than the actual stress. The belief that stress kills you will come true. On the other hand, stress can make you more resilient and even save your life if you think it’s trying to carry you through a challenging situation.

In times of stress, ask yourself what it is that your stress is seeking to accomplish. Do you think stress is helping you excel in an important task, like a job interview or a sales presentation? Is it trying to help you deal with a period of challenging market conditions or make a temporary change in your organizational structure? It’s trying to help you empathize with anyone – colleagues, customers? Is stress a way to help you successfully exit a toxic situation?

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Stress can be a good thing - if you choose to view it that way.

Rather than focusing on your fears, focus on your values. We can create a surprisingly powerful buffer against whatever troubles we are experiencing by staying mindful of the things that matter to us – like family, friends, religious convictions, scientific achievements, great music, and so on.

Researchers led by Geoffrey Cohen and David Sherman have demonstrated that people of all ages in various circumstances, from new schools and relationships to new jobs, can learn by writing about a time when one of their values has positively affected them.

We can rise above the challenge because focusing on our values helps us realize our identity cannot be compromised by a single challenging event.

Fight for the future while accepting the past. Change is never free, but we are always free to decide how to respond to it.

Victor Frankl championed the idea after he returned from three horrifying years in Nazi death camps. When his mother, brother, wife, and unborn child were discovered dead, he was devastated. It had all changed since he was a child. He lost everything he loved. Yet, as fall gave way to winter and winter gave way to spring, Frankl found that even though he could never return to the life he once had, he was still free to make new friends, fall in love, become a father again, work with new patients, and listen to music. Franklin called his hope in the face of despair “tragic optimism.”

Franklin’s story is an extreme example, but that’s all the more reason we can take inspiration from it. When we focus on the limitations of a specific change, we will inevitably succumb to worry, bitterness, and despair.

Our best course of action is to accept that change occurs and employ our freedom to determine how to proceed.

Stability isn’t guaranteed. Salvatore Maddi began studying Illinois Bell employees in the late 1970s while a student at the University of Chicago. Eventually, the phone industry was deregulated, and the company faced many changes. Several managers had difficulty coping with the situation. Others prospered. Is there a difference between the groups?

Adaptive leaders viewed all changes, whether wanted or unwanted, as a part of the human experience rather than as a tragedy that victimized unfortunate individuals. As a result, they did not feel personally attacked by ignorant leaders, evil legislators, or an unfair universe but remained focused on their work and looked for opportunities to improve customer service and tweak antiquated pricing structures.

Compared to the struggling leaders, Maddi found that they were consumed with thoughts of “the good old days.” First, they tried to figure out why their luck had suddenly changed. Then, to travel back in time, they tried to find a place and time that no longer exist.

Even though each of these six techniques requires a different set of skills – and you’ll gravitate towards some more than others – there is one thing you must-do if you want to deal with change effectively: accept it.

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