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Humans are characterised by a high degree of adaptability: When external circumstances change, we usually adjust and adapt our behaviour. Especially when the change in circumstances is massive and leaves little room for non-reaction. At the beginning of the Ukraine war, this could be observed in politics with the issue of "supplying weapons to Ukraine". Previously valid goals and attitudes were adapted to the new conditions in a very short time.
There are also events and circumstances in everyone's life that require adjustment, e.g. birth of a child, separation from a partner, starting a new job or becoming self-employed.
These are examples of big and drastic changes that virtually force you to adapt. In the work context, the events that entail change and require adaptation are usually less serious, e.g. a team gets a new boss, the team's budget is cut or the team is to move to new premises.
From our experience as counsellors we know that teams vary in their ability to adapt to changing circumstances. We have therefore been asking ourselves the question for a long time:
What distinguishes teams that adapt quickly to new circumstances from those that find it difficult to react to changing conditions?
Together with Dr. Eleni Georganta from the Technical University of Munich, we have developed a team diagnostic questionnaire that helps teams to find out whether they have the necessary characteristics and skills to adapt successfully (more on this in our podcast s. For you: To listen and For you: To apply).
The crucial condition for successful adaptation is that the whole team sees the need to adapt. This is often difficult in ambiguous situations where the change in circumstances may only be felt indirectly or can only be guessed at. Some team members feel that something needs to change, others see no need.
What is the situation in your team? Are there any events or circumstances right now that you think should lead to adaptation and change? Does the rest of the team feel the same way? Just ask! With our Short questionnaire "Need for adaptation. (s. For you: To apply)

For you: To apply

Do we as a team have a shared picture of whether it is necessary for us to adapt to changing circumstances right now? Our short questionnaire "Need to adapt" supports you and your team to find out exactly that and to enter into a joint discussion.
Our questionnaire covers the following topics and gives tips on how to work with the results:

  • Necessity: Do we all see the need to adapt to new circumstances?
  • Implications: If so, what exactly do we need to adapt?
  • Scope: Do we have the same idea of how extensive and elaborate the adaptation will be?

Here is the link to the "Need for adaptation" questionnaire

For you: To join in

Good team adaptability is a crucial success factor in a complex and volatile world. A shared understanding of the need to adapt is only the first step. The characteristics of the team (not just the individual) and the team-specific set of skills, knowledge and experience are crucial.
Team processes and their effects on adaptability have been intensively researched in recent years. We offer you the opportunity to use these scientific findings in practice.
With the help of our validated team diagnostic tool, you can learn more about the quality of your team in terms of adaptability and what next steps can help you to become even more adaptable and effective as a team.
You can find more information here: Adaptiveness is key!

For you: To listen

In our podcast episode about "Adaptiveness - Adaptable Teams we talk to Dr Eleni Georganta and discuss the following questions:

  • Why is adaptability important?
  • Why are some teams better at adapting than others?
  • What can teams and their members do to become more adaptable?

We'd love to have you listen in and look forward to your feedback!
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