Hacking HR to Build an Adaptability Advantage

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Institutionalised - 'That's not the way we do things round here'

By Nigel Barron on May 12, 2022

Adaptability is a habit that can be formed at the heart of who you are as an individual or as a value in an organisations cultural DNA. One of the enemies of forming the adaptability habit is to discourage the behavioural traits that cause us to question the status quo.

This can be identified in many organizations when an idea is presented to management and the response is 'That's not the way we do things round here'. Those who have adopted the adaptability habit reply with a simple 'why?'.

The enemy is the institutionalised management theory that refuses to adopt the adaptability habit.

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nigel-barron's picture

I agree Keith, 'Why' can be a very incendiary question in some organisations, I think successful companies are encouraging it's use, adapting.

keith-gulliver's picture

Yes! The use of "why?" is very powerful Nigel!