How openness to change can increase organisational agility

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Adaptability and flexibility are often termed as agility. While the term agile comes from the project management method for software development, it has come to describe and characterize an openness and the ability to shift gears as a person faces change in the workplace.

An adaptable and flexible mindset, i.e. possessing the mindset to adapt to an agile environment, means exhibiting respect, collaboration, learning, ownership, and always with a focus on adding value. For an organisation this would mean adapting quickly to market forces in efforts to remain competitive.

The ability to be agile includes dividing larger projects into shorter phases of work with a continuous feedback and assessment loop, adjusting the plan and adapting to changes as required. It is a much more responsive way of working.

What does a higher score mean?

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You are adaptable and flexible to changes in the workplace,, able to deliver quickly and consistently on your deliverables. You can accept constructive feedback to change and adapt your deliverable as required.

What does a lower score mean?

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You prefer a more structured end-to-end process, where you can see the end goal and work towards it as a stable and unchanging objective.

To nurture your Adaptable/Flexibility:

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Learning to be adaptable and flexible requires being confident in one’s own ability, attaining confidence and expertise, to roll with the changes and shifts inherent in projects. Find an opportunity to learn and to grow within your role. Adjust your process or actions based on what you learn, take feedback into account, and apply those learnings to create a better product or service than before.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Are you willing to seek new situations?
  • Are you willing to immerse yourself in problem-solving?
  • Do you enjoy ideation and innovation?
  • Can you cultivate curiosity and questioning to continuously learn?
  • Are you open to new perspectives and failed experiments?
  • Do you seek feedback from your team and manager?
  • Can you accept constructive criticism and apply it to the way you work?

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