The Importance of Team Building for Adaptability

The Importance of Team Building for Adaptability

There’s no doubt about the importance of team building in a company. And adaptability is a key characteristic of employee and organizational success in the workplace. Like many soft skills though, it can be tough to teach to folks who don’t naturally exhibit this quality. However, company-wide events can be a great opportunity to develop and expand adaptability in individuals and groups. An overall shift towards adaptability in perspective can make an organization more agile during times when rapid responses or significant shifts in thinking are essential.

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The right kind of workshop can help folks who are not naturally adaptable learn to embrace uncertainty and unpredictability. Participation instead of passive learning is crucial. Rather than seeing obstacles to surmount, employees can learn to approach these as occasions for change. Folks who aren’t naturally flexible in their worldview can learn how to identify instances where change is beneficial. They can acquire the skills necessary to draw on creative, emotional and mental reserves necessary for embracing uncertainty, as uncomfortable as it might be until practice makes it feel more familiar.

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On the flip side, a thorough employee development program can help folks who are good at adapting to change to build upon what comes to them naturally. Perhaps someone excels under pressure when they need to be flexible with regard to their own duties but becomes flustered when they’re the point person responsible for a group project. It’s quite a different role to manage others’ change, even if you’re quite adept at handling your own.

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Insightful programming can help natural adapters recognize what’s to them probably a seamless process of thinking big picture and cultivating resourcefulness. It can also help adapters understand the resistance and hesitation of non-adapters. The resulting empathy can foster an increased sense of camaraderie and teamwork, as well as improved communication and conflict resolution.

Hands-on challenges devised by professional facilitators can illuminate the common ground between the flexible folks and those who prefer routine and predictability. Carrying out actions that stretch folks’ ability to be adaptable in a secure and fail-safe environment can provide a level of comfort and confidence that isn’t possible through traditional classroom-type learning opportunities or on-the-fly as part of a typical workday. The importance of team building with an eye toward improving employees ability to adapt can’t be overstated. Doing so can increase awareness of the need and process of adaptability on both sides, bridging a gap that previously caused stress, confusion, and conflict.


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Rob Jackson

Rob has been a speaker and trainer for over 20 years specializing in public speaking, personality profiles, sales training, management, and team building. As a former corporate executive, he brings a solid blend of theory and practice to help people connect and communicate. He is a member of the National Speaker’s Association and has served as President and Chairman on several Executive Leadership boards. In addition to being a Certified DiSC Trainer, Rob has logged hundreds of instructional classroom hours. Rob is one of the most requested trainers for repeat business because his engaging style of storytelling and humor captivates an audience and moves them to action.

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