Adaptability: Navigating Chaos

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.

Matthew 6:34 RSVCE

Adaptability is a relationship building theme. Those high in Adaptability live in the moment and go with the flow. Their abundant flexibility and focus in the moment regardless of distractions and interruptions means that people feel listened to and valued by them. This makes those with Adaptability indispensable when chaos abounds or change is uncomfortable. They can counted on to be excellent navigators of change, early adopters, and outstanding collaborators.

Because of their responsiveness to the immediate environment and their surroundings, the adaptable teacher or administrator rarely gets in a flap. They exude calm and patience. They are adept and demonstrate great agility when enriching, accelerating, or simplifying content and strategies.

The adaptable individual is resilient. They bounce back quickly by putting events in the rear view mirror and carrying on with their present circumstance. This is not to say that they don’t reflect on or learn from the past; they do! In fact, the adaptable person will be using many past experiences all in the present moment to anticipate the best possible outcome while demonstrating bucolic serenity and justness. As a result, students, staff, and parents respond with reasonableness.

Those with Adaptability are extremely flexible but they crave parameters in order to complete tasks. In the absence of clear expectations, adaptability can lead to floundering. In the classroom, it is important to ensure that students clearly understand the task and have the supports available to construct an appropriate work plan. Teaching students how to ask for clearer parameters is a critical communication skill. Learning how to develop a timeline is also invaluable. Those high in Adaptability will appear to flit from task to task – forcing them to work on a single task for more than 30 minutes is actually a greater waste of their time but they must learn how to manage time in order to accomplish something. This delicate balance can be achieved.