How to Develop a Change-Adept Workforce


    There are 6 qualities common to those who thrive on change. Here’s how to develop

    these qualities in the people who report to you.

    Quality #1: Confidence

    The personality trait most responsible for the ability to deal well with change is self-


    Strategy: Play to people’s strengths

    Stop focusing on building up weaknesses. Instead, identify and build on those

    competencies and accomplishments that make someone special.

    Quality #2: Challenge

    In fast-moving, high-stress business environments, a positive, upbeat, “can-do”

    attitude is vital for success.

    Strategy: Nurture people’s optimism

    While it is important to acknowledge the stress, uncertainty, and disruption that

    change brings, it is also crucial to emphasize the opportunities for growth,

    challenge, and reward.

    Quality #3: Coping

    Change-adept employees are able to cope with and adapt to a complex, fast-paced


    Strategy: Lighten up!

    Rather than bracing for the inevitable pressure, remember to bring a sense of

    humor and spirit of fun to the workplace to cushion all that rolling with the


    Factor #4: Counterbalance

    People with interests beyond their professions and organizations are more resilient

    under stress and more effective on the job.

    Strategy: Let people get a life!

    Encourage your staff to compensate for the demands and pressure of work by

    developing counterbalancing activities in other areas of their life.

    Factor #5: Creativity

    Creative people embrace changing business conditions that expose them to new

    knowledge, new people, and new experiences.

    Strategy: Honor people’s “inner genius”

    Remember that everyone was born with a creative capacity that needs to be

    nurtured and engaged.

    Factor #6: Collaboration

    A new workplace reality is that none of us can succeed alone.

    Strategy: Build your collaboration skills

    You can’t command and control collaboration and teamwork. But you can influence

    others to collaborate and share their ideas by creating an environment in which it is

    safe, enjoyable, and beneficial to do so.

    Source by Carol Kinsey Goman