In this 4th video regarding soft skills in high demand, I covered adaptability. I would like to invite you to a period where you had applied for a new leadership position and, you weren’t selected. How did you react? Whatever feelings, thoughts you may have had, there were probably not that positive. Hopefully, you took some time to reflect and set-up a strategy to get out of it stronger.

In this example, I would like to propose three possible actions after that reflection time:

1. check with your manager why you haven’t been chosen. Understand what skills need to be improved – where do I need to adapt.

2. adapting isn’t easy, external help could be a way to speed up improving that skill and more importantly, anchor it as a new capability.

3. make small steps to improve this new habit. Don’t stay paralyzed by indecision and in-action.

To conclude, I would say if you aren’t moving forward, you are moving backward.


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Please find below the transcript of the video:

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I’m delighted you’re taking the time to
listen to this video. It’s the fourth

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video related to soft skills. As LinkedIn
says there are five skills soft skills

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that are in high demand and I’ve already
covered three of them: creativity,

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collaboration and, persuasion and, today I
will talk about adaptability. Just

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imagine you have applied for a new
leadership position and you have not

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been chosen, how will you adapt to that situation?

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These are my thoughts related to that I
would go and see the leadership (your mgr) or

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the management team and asked them why they did not take you. Ask them what skills need

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to be improved and once you know that
you can ask the company to say ok I

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would love to have let’s say a coach,
because that’s what I do, to improve that

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specific skill. If they do not want to
invest in a few coaching sessions then

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you understand that you might have to
listen to plan B. But just to put this

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into perspective coaching sessions is
really not expensive when you think

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about the fact that, if they really
believe in you and, they have to find

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someone else should you leave. That cost
is going to be far greater. So if they do

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not want to invest into you then you
then there is plan B and there too you need to

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adapt. You need to improve the skill that
is required to get to that next level, so

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you have to invest in yourself if you
want to find happiness professionally. And

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adaptability, I would say as a third
point, is trying to put/do small steps to

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really move forward, you really have to
change certain skills and that can be

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done in through small steps (consistently – taking action). And as a conclusion, I would say if you do not

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move forward you really move backwards! So hopefully, it was useful this small

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little video related to adaptability and
with that I would like to thank you for

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listening to this video and I look

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forward to the next video. Thanks for now
and talk to you soon bye.

Hugh van Praet

I help businesses and individuals to move forward.


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