IF YOU WON’T CHANGE FOR THE TEAM,
THE TEAM MAY CHANGE YOU.
Inflexibility is one of the worst human failings. You can learn to check impetuosity/ rashness / impulsiveness over come fear with confidence and laziness with discipline. But rigidity of mind there is no antidote. It carries the seeds of its own destruction – Anonymous.
Teamwork and Rigidity
Teamwork and personal rigidity just don’t mix. If you want to work well with others and be a good team player, you have to be willing to adapt yourself to your team.
Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter observed, “The individuals who will succeed and flourish will also be masters of change: adept at reorienting their own and others’ activities in untried directions to bring about higher levels of achievement.”
Team players who exhibit adaptability have certain characteristics. Adaptable people are . . .
Diana Nyad said, “I am willing to put myself through anything; temporary pain or discomfort means nothing to me as long as I can see that the experience will take me to a new level. I am interested in the unknown, and the only path to the unknown is through breaking barriers.”
Adaptable people always place a high priority on breaking new ground. They are highly teachable.
Look at music mogul Quincy Jones and you see someone who is always learning. His belief is that if a person works hard and becomes highly skilled in one area, he can transfer that ability to new endeavors. That approach can work for anyone who’s teachable. On the other hand, unteachable people have a difficult time with change, and as a result they never adapt well.
Another characteristic of adaptable people is security. People who are not emotionally secure see almost everything as a challenge or a threat. They meet with rigidity or suspicion the addition of another talented person to the team, an alteration in their position or title, or a change in the way things are done. But secure people aren’t made nervous by change itself. They evaluate a new situation or a change in their responsibilities based on its merit.
“A person’s age can be determined by the degree of pain he experiences when he comes in contact with a new idea.” — QUINCY JONES”
Creativity is another quality you find in adaptable people. When difficult times come, they find a way. Quincy Jones remarked,
There’s an expression that says a person’s age can be determined by the degree of pain he experiences when he comes in contact with a new idea. Somebody might say, “Let’s try it this new way.” You can actually see the pain. These people will grab their heads. It physically hurts to think of doing something different. The ones who don’t react with fear are the really creative people. “Let’s try it,” they’ll say. “Let’s go there even if we blow it.” Creativity fosters adaptability.
People who are focused on themselves are less likely to make changes for the team than people focused on serving others. Educator and college president Horace Mann stated, “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of one’s self.” If your goal is to serve the team, adapting to accomplish that goal isn’t difficult.”
Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not bend out of shape neither will they break.