In today's VUCA world a key skill to learn is how to be as versatile as possible.
No matter what you are doing, today’s environment guarantees that you’ll need to adapt to new ways of thinking and new business practices. You will be required to step out of your comfort zone. Think of yourself as a human “Swiss Army Knife”. What part of the knife do I need to be today?
According to Dictionary.com the definition of versatility is “capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavour, etc”
We may have become compliant and so used to doing things the way we have been doing them that we don’t consider other ways. Being versatile is going to be a major challenge for many.
To me, versatility is more than just being able to adapt - it's about being able to do something I've have not been able to do before.
How do I become more versatile you may ask? 1. Think
Firstly you must decide you can be and must be more versatile. There is research to show that you can change your brain by thinking and change the way you think. So eliminate the excuse “I can't change.” (read Mindset: The new psychology of success. By Carol Dweck) 2. Read
Read more to begin with and then read DIFFERENT. Get out of your comfort zone. Reading stuff you have not read before will help you build different neural pathways and store different information.
3. Pay attention
What's going on? How are things changing? What does it mean?
4. Become your own futurist.
How do I want to evolve and how do I want my business to look in 6 months, 12 months, 5 years?
5. Start today
Go on....start now