More than twenty years ago, what we know as Emotional CoefficientThe Emotional IntelligenceThis is the ability to feel emotions, self-regulate them, express them and relate to the environment and other people.
To these two, the Adaptability Coefficient has been added, which is currently the key to accessing new jobs, reinventing ourselves professionally and even knowing how to overcome all kinds of challenges in life.
In the current times, which are changing and revolving, it is the latter that work in an integrated way to open better opportunities, since they allow us to take advantage of the brain’s neuroplasticity to the maximum, a function of the brain that expands and contracts if we give it the right stimuli.
The minimum required in the world today is an IQ adequate for the task, and a balanced emotional intelligence.
However, it becomes essential to have a more developed Adaptability Coefficient as a condition for absorbing new information, determining the relevance of problems, resetting obsolete knowledge that no longer serves the present, overcoming problems, being courageous, creative, determined, innovative and flexible.
Generally, any situation that involves change generates resistance in most people. From the fear of the unknown, to the discomfort involved in moving from the current state to an uncertain one, everything influences the emotional state.
In a quick synthesis, the main stages in the management of human change can be identified in:
1 Pre-contemplation: we are not aware of the problem; although there are signs of urgent change around, we do not see it as a close or concrete possibility. In many cases it is denied and it appears that nothing is happening, although inside and in the subconscious, we know that things are happening.
2 Contemplation. This is the moment when people begin to question change; either by a need of their own that is born of the will, or driven by events. For example, when a person is no longer satisfied with their current job and is wondering what will happen if they have another job or activity of their own.
3- Preparation. In this phase we become aware of the need for change and the gaps in learning and complementary skills to carry it out. It is a stage of pre-warming up in physical, mental and spiritual/soul form.
4 Accin. When the step towards the change is already given, that decision is executed premolded in the previous steps; it is a gradual process that brings the action as result. As in every human maturing process, it needs time, effort and focus.
5 Maintenance. This may be another challenging stage, as the person has made the change he or she has been longing for and is now beginning to familiarize himself or herself with and integrate this new state of life into any field. The process of adaptability is of fundamental importance here.
And it is natural that here there are advances and setbacks that can lead you to wonder if it was a good decision to make that change, if you are living with satisfaction and if it was what you had imagined. This process is totally reasonable to happen, because it is also part of personal and professional maturation.
Those professionals anchored in old paradigms, where a task can be repeated as it is for decades will be left out of the new world that has emerged; where technology and the dynamics of teamwork require other skills.
For example, if you want to reinvent yourself professionally, you need to express your EQ and your Adaptability Coefficient to the fullest, since demand and opportunities are mutating rapidly.
For many this can be frustrating, because they have imagined or been educated in a watertight world, where everything has its immovable structure.
That world doesn’t exist anymore, nor does it come back.
To develop the adaptive coefficient you can start right now by reading other types of books rather than technical ones, taking courses and seminars, interacting in networking activities and reinforcing all your personal and professional skills that you know you need to improve:
1 – Focus on self-knowledge: it is the basis of your development
The starting point is to know yourself. It’s a wonderful opportunity to grow as a person. This world needs sensitivity, art, beauty, empathetic people who make genuine connections through what they do. In addition, I suggest that you tune in to your spiritual, soul, or whatever you want to call it: the transcendent and legacy sense in what you do.
2 -Includes soft skills: get out of the box
Most of the professionals and workers have a technical mastery, which represents only 50% of what the world demands today. The other part is soft, such as assertive communication, public speaking skills and exposing your ideas, working in teams with people very different from you, and managing your emotions.
3 – Develop curiosity: do what a robot cannot do
Feeling, emotional thinking, connecting with feelings, are emotional and adaptive intelligences that we humans have. This is born from an incessant curiosity to learn from other disciplines beyond the technical. When Steve Jobs studied calligraphy to spend time in college, he never thought that ten years later it would lead him to success in creating the Macintosh, the first computer with beautiful and versatile fonts.
4 – Create your Personal Brand: more than a good technician in your field
The added value, your extra mile and your fingerprint set as a Personal Brand in what you do will be key in this new time. Personal brand is what others say about you when you’re not around, says Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. In order to develop it, create impact with your actions; communicate with responsibility; train in leadership and skills that allow you to take charge and responsibility of your life.
5 – Avoid being a rigid genius: what you know you can express in many ways
Any activity today needs adaptability, from finance and technology to education and art. You can be excellent as you have been up to now, but little by little you will be excluded because the world needs something else. You may be excellent in your technical domains, but totally inadequate in your relationship with others: this is an example of what is no longer possible.
Facilitator and Executive Master Coach specialized in CEOs, top management, professionals and teams; professional communicator; international speaker; author of 30 books. LinkedIn Top Voice Amrica Latina 2019.
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