Day 160: If You’re Weak In Crisis…

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Prov.24:10 (GNB) If you are weak in a crisis, you are weak indeed.

When Life Wouldn’t Cooperate:

You’ve worked hard, trained hard  and prayed hard to be a management staff, and finally your promotion interview day is here.

Your interview starts at 7:30am prompt – punctuality is part of the hurdles to cross.

You rise at 6:00, about 30 minutes late because you burned the midnight oil putting finishing touches to your preparations.

Thank goodness you’ve sorted out what to put on about a week earlier. All your remaining office wears are dirty, but the week-long preparation for the great day left you with no time to attend to laundry.

You mumble some words of prayer, take a quick shower, and by 6:30, you are set for the thirty-minute drive to your office.

You are just about stepping out when you see this glaring stain on the collar of your white shirt!

You decide to quickly drop your stuff in the car before coming back to attend to the shirt when you notice your car has a flat tyre!

What would you do? How would you cope?

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
– Charles Darwin

Innovation To The Rescue!

Scenarios like this place heavy demands on our leadership and innovative capabilities- our ability to master, manage and adapt to the (changing) demands of everyday life to be precise.

Innovation always shines through Creativity, but in addition,

Adaptability, a much-required attribute in today’s business world, and one very vital to career development, is yet another expression of the Innovative spirit.

Albert Einstein once said,

Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity and not a threat.

That is adaptability!

What is Adaptability?

In ecology, adaptability has been described as the ability to cope with unexpected disturbances in the environment. {1}

Furthermore, Businessdictionary.com defines Adaptability as “Ability of an entity or organism to alter itself or its responses to the changed circumstances or environment.”

In summary, Adaptability is the ability to respond to changing demands of every stage of life without reduced efficiency and result (output).

In other words, Adaptability is the ability to find workaround for existence and productivity in  non-conducive and unpalatable circumstances, especially in periods of crisis.

Adaptability  is responding effectively to change!

Prayer:

Lord, I am tired of crumbling like a pack of cards under the weight of every changing demand of life… Nevertheless change is constant and inevitable!

Please grant me the Innovative spirit and grace to live steps ahead of every changing demand of life; that my yokes be made easy and my burdens light in Jesus name. Amen. (*1)

Written by Funmi Adebayo

{1} Conrad, Michael: Adaptability, the Significance of Variability from Molecule to Ecosystem. Plenum Press, New York, 1983.

(*1) Adebayo, F. (2013).Beyond Conformity: Masters Of Circumstances. In Each Day Online. Retrieved from Beyond Conformity: Masters Of Circumstances .

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