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Friday, May 1, 2015

[Adaptability] Providing Calm in the Storm

On a recent Theme Thursday live webcast, we discussed the Adaptability theme with Gallup Contract Services Administrator Scott Wright. Scott’s top five strengths are Arranger, Responsibility, Adaptability, Harmony and Communication.



People with strong Adaptability talents live in the moment. They don’t see the future as a fixed destination. Instead, they see it as a place that they can create out of the choices they make right now. They discover their future one choice at a time. This doesn’t mean that they don’t have plans. But their Adaptability talents enable them to respond willingly to the demands of the moment, even if circumstances pull them away from their plans. They don’t resent sudden requests or unforeseen detours. They expect them.

Gallup Senior Learning and Developing Consultant Curt Liesveld says that people who have high Adaptability are generally comfortable with and responsive to changing situations and environments. As part of the Relationship Building domain, Adaptability allows people to remain calm in unexpected situations, which can be invaluable when partnered with someone who has low Adaptability.

When Adaptability is in its raw form, it might cause someone to have a relatively short attention span. On the flip side, mature Adaptability gives people intense, real-time awareness that allows them to respond with immediacy. Curt says that Arranger is a productive pair with Adaptability, bringing control to a given situation.

Coincidentally, Scott has both Adaptability and Arranger in his top five strengths. He uses this pair often when he is working at an event and something goes wrong. Remaining calm, he can quickly survey the situation, weigh the possible options and figure out how to amend the mishap as efficiently and effectively as possible. Scott’s Adaptability immediately creates a sense of calm, which lightens the mood for everyone around him.

To hear more about Adaptability and how people like Scott use it in their everyday lives, watch the full video above or the short theme video below.


How do you use Adaptability in your everyday life? Share your thoughts on the Called to Coach Facebook page.

Pressed for time? We now have all of our Theme Thursday videos in short, easy-to-digest snippets in which Curt breaks down the nuances of each theme.

You can register for the next Theme Thursday and all upcoming Gallup Strengths Center webcasts at gallup.eventbrite.com.

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