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Adaptability and Change

Adaptability and Change

More than ever, the ability to adapt is an important component to executive success. Managers who remain successful become more self-controlling and relaxed over time and remain so during the toughest situations (workforce reductions, for example, or expatriate assignments). Executives characterize managers who maintain flexibility in the face of change as being able to learn the business, learn from mistakes, remain open to feedback, and maintain composure under stress. Consider this story of a manager who remained successful because of an openness to change:

I used to be a control freak and poor in developing people under me. I was putting too many hours into work and used to wake up at night worrying about business-related issues. We went through an organizational change and I ended up leading a task force on a very important business venture. I made a transformation to become a team player with my new peers. I now behave more like a coach in developing two of my subordinates to take over my responsibilities. I am more relaxed and have become much more of a leader to my organization.


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