First Step to “Adapt & Overcome” Change in the Workplace

As the summer comes to an end in the northeast U.S. I’ve been busy creating some new seminars, workshops and keynotes for fall speaking programs.

So, I apologize for not keeping up with the blog series from two weeks ago that has received tremendous comments and feedback from a lot of readers.

One reader submitted a question to my last article from my “adapt and overcome” white water rafting story (read the original here).

He wrote, “I have learned from a few good Marines that the culture of the Corp is “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome.” This culture is conspicuously absent from just about everywhere. I believe your readers would appreciate is how “Improvise” works in communication.”

Improvise IS how you adapt and overcome. You cannot adapt and overcome without improvising.

How “improvise” works in communication starts with “self-communication,” our “internal dialogue.”

What are we telling ourselves about the possible need to improvise in the workplace?

There are 3 possible mindsets towards improvisation in the workplace:

  1. Ignorance
  2. Resistance
  3. Acceptance

Let’s take a look at each:

  1. Ignorance: we ignore the reality of change and hold on the hope that everything will always be as it is and was so we can continue to act as we always have.
  2. Resistance: we know its necessary but because it is uncomfortable and we are fearful of what we may have to do, we fight it, trying to fit our present approach into a new reality.
  3. Acceptance: we expect things to be in a constant state of change and that we will need to be flexible and go with the flow, looking for ways we can adapt our approach to fit the present reality.

Only one of those three is healthy and effective, “acceptance.” More on how “acceptance” is the only healthy and effective choice next time.

’til next time Communicate With Power!

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