Flexibility vs Adaptability
Flexibility & adaptability… Having one without the other is like building a boat without the sail.
Flexibility is about being open to and responding to a change.
Adaptability is about leading to learn... by finding & framing new problems that create new solutions not yet thought of.
They go hand-in-hand, but create very different outcomes.
So why is this important to understand and call out?
A lot of our workplace training and management is focused on building flexibility but forego adaptability. Change management, team cohesion, self-awareness… MASSIVELY important but don’t actually build Adaptive thinking.
The teams I worked with that engaged in a structured, daily practice of working on things they couldn’t yet do/achieve learned how to keep striving. Their performance was consistent and sustainable across the long-term despite continuous change… because they were the ones creating the continuous change.
Flexibility-focused approaches builds safety and connection.
Adaptability-focused practices grows our ability to CREATE through ambiguity.
Let’s make sure we are building both.