|In today’s fast-paced and uncertain world, it’s increasingly important for organizations to have an adaptable team — One that can handle the pressure of disruption and adjust to changing circumstances. As important as adaptability is, it isn’t a skill we’re born with. It is, however, a skill that your employees can learn.
Below are 4 tips for fostering an adaptable team:
1. Communicate often and openly with staff
As change arises, it’s important to keep your staff informed — Let them know the rationale behind the change and offer advance notice if possible. Transparency is especially important when your team might be fearful of layoffs, reorganization, de-skilling of their jobs, or in learning new technology. Finally, keep your communications positive and timely.
2. Encourage creative problem-solving
By giving your employees space and support to think creatively, you encourage adaptability in finding new solutions. Don’t stop here! Keep a positive mindset and be prepared to implement these new ideas while embracing the uncertainty associated with seeing and doing things differently.
3. Foster future leaders
Employees may seek opportunities elsewhere if they feel their potential for growth is limited. Adapt to their needs by helping them meet their career goals. Send them to relevant trainings or conferences, offer time tolearn a new skill or technology (try our free subscription to Lynda.com!), or be flexible with their schedule so they can attend a class or certification program. Just think, you’ll be modeling adaptability while investing in your biggest asset –- Your team!
4. Motivate yourself to become a better leader
Invest in yourself so that you can effectively lead your team through new and tough situations. By being an adaptable leader, you’ll cultivate resiliency and flexibility at your organization. For inspiration, check out The New One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard or The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman. You can also expand your leadership skills by taking an online self-paced course through our free subscription to Lynda.com. Need a library card? Email me and I’ll set you up!
Do you have an adaptable team? What have you done to achieve this and what challenges have you encountered? Share below!