Quote of the Week

“Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.”

— Mahatma Gandhi


by Tony Alessandra

Adaptability is your willingness and ability to behave in ways that are not necessarily characteristic of your style in order to deal effectively with the requirements of a situation or relationship. Adaptable people make the choice to go beyond their own comfort zones so others feel more comfortable.

With adaptability, you can treat people the way they want to be treated. You practice adaptability every time you slow down with another person who does not feel as comfortable moving as fast as you do. You also practice adaptability when you take time to listen to a personal story from another person, rather than getting right down to the task at hand.

Adaptability is important because people are different and need to be treated differently. You develop open and honest relationships with others by being tactful, reasonable, and understanding.

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Coaching Call to Action

Tony’s concept of Adaptability is different than the Golden Rule. This week, practice treating others how they would like to be treated (not how you want to be treated). What are the results? Do you feel more connected to the person? Did you get the same amount of work done but in a different way? Was it difficult to adapt? What did it feel like in your body? Your mind? As always, please feel free to share your observations and learnings with me at