There are innumerable jargons on adaptability, but my current favourite is “are you part of the problem or part of the solution?” There are days when I too, just like many of you, feel like donning a ninja costume and diving right into the cache of such phrases human resource departments of corporate houses use to fox their employees, and annihilate it for any future use. The hypocrisy of the sentence infuriates me.

But I’m going to keep such negative thoughts at bay for now and focus on something more relevant, especially in today’s time – the subject of adaptability. Futurist, author and motivational speaker John Sanei says your adaptability quotient is the key you need to future-proof your career and your life. It is that soft skill that will ensure you survive and thrive in any circumstance. In other words, you will always remain a part of the solution, never of the problem.

Now comes the catch, or should I say the predicament? What happens to accountability? Should you question change and be labelled the "problem”, or should you be the sheep and follow whatever the majority says, irrespective of whether you agree with it or not? What happens when the majority is proven wrong in the long run? Who becomes the fall guy? Is your career and your life still future-proof? Which makes me believe there is some truth in what famous playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

I think the followers of adaptability need to talk to change disruptors... Wonder who’ll win that debate?!

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