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Barriers to being adaptable

Even though we are hard-wired to be adaptable, we are also naturally resistant to change and this can stand in the way of being open to new experiences and opportunities. We also naturally fear rejection, so may shy away from doing something new or going out of our comfort zone for fear of being rejected.

Our mental scripts

Another barrier to being adaptable is to do with the way our brain processes any new information. It creates what is known as ‘behavioural scripts’ which basically are ment...


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In an environment of continuous change and challenge, staying in your comfort zone is not an option. In today’s workplace, adaptability is critical to the learning mindset you need to succeed in your job and on behalf of your organization. This lesson helps you understand the barriers to being adaptable and offers 10 steps you can follow to improve your adaptability skills.