What do you think is the number one secret to excel at work place ?
How do you stay relevant in the dynamic work environment ?
Make a guess.
Come on, you can do better than this.
Okay, enough of the suspense, let me now share it with you.
It’s always the survival of the fittest and we have known it all along.
Yes, lack of adaptability can make you obsolete at the workplace, much sooner than you can even imagine.
Lack of adaptability is a condition where we prefer to continue working with our conventional methods and detest change.
We believe that methods known to us are the best methods, and since they have worked for us in the past, they will continue to work in the future. There is a rigidness to learn new ways of doing things.
To learn is one thing but to unlearn and relearn requires additional effort and change in mindset.
A simple example of lack of adaptability which comes to my mind is the usage of keyboard shortcuts while using a PC or laptop. Using keyboard shortcuts instead of a mouse inarguably saves a lot of time, and there is no disconnect on it but since learning these shortcuts requires extra effort, most of us prefer doing it the old way.
Another example could be the adoption of technology. To share a personal example, my father is still not comfortable using an ATM card for banking transactions. The card and pin process is still not very convenient to him. He prefers to visit the branch even for routine tasks like deposits and withdrawals. He is a retired person so it doesn’t matter for him but for someone who can complete other stuff during the time spent in visiting the branch, the opportunity cost of time is high. If we look around, we can find many such instances.
Recently I read on a social media platform if you are in the ’30s or ’40s, having a mentor in the ’20s is essential, and I couldn’t agree more. Having a young mentor keeps you updated with changes in a fast-paced world and offers the opportunity to look at things from a fresh perspective.
I remember one of my earlier bosses, who used to interact daily with a bunch of new management trainees who recently joined the organization. Initially, I couldn’t understand the reason. I used to think, the new joiners should first be allowed to learn the ropes of business before we expect them to start contributing. However, my thought process was turned upside down when I could see the tools like google forms making their way into our daily business a few months later.
Upskilling is very important, and learning is a continuous process. We can always learn while on the job; else, we may fall into the trap of procrastination and stop working altogether. The willingness & ability to unlearn and learn is crucial to move ahead in the productivity curve.
To stay relevant in the ever-changing environment its imperative to be adaptable. It’s more of a compulsion than a choice.
Lalit Hundalani||Peak performance & Life Transformation Coach||2X Best-Selling Author
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