The basic premise of the Adapter Factor is stepping back from whatever problem you are confronted with and using the “pause” button. Freeze frame, stop the music, see what’s actually in the frame.
By really seeing you can start to understand the “why” of the situation and take the appropriate steps to determine the “how.”
It’s the opportunity to take a deep breath before taking action.
The Adapter Factor
The Adapter Factor includes five critical components:
- Hit the pause button
- Assess the situation
- Figure out the why
- What is your current GPS location?
- Manage your environment
I learned some of these skills by observing the chameleon – he is the king of the Adapter Factor. By reflecting the environment surrounding him, he sits back and observes. He then makes whatever adjustments are necessary in order to survive. He does not become the tree, a frog, a lion or a dolphin – he is always the chameleon.
He adapts without losing himself.
Adapting to Thrive
Marketing of a new product or service, the innovation of inventions in order to not remain stagnant, the creation of new medical practices and drug development all need action and vision.
The art world and architecture foster the expansion of what is possible in order to create a new genre. Our world is on a quest, the quest to be defined in a different manner than anyone else – to stand out, not blend in.
The Adapter Factor does not exclude that wonderful creativity, it enhances it.
As any advertising firm will tell you — YOU have to figure out the “why” of who would want your product, or as Apple, Inc. says “Create something you didn’t know you needed until it was there.”
But, if they hadn’t done research on how people interact with computers and phones, how could they have honed in on developing such a “user friendly” product. I contend that they had to address our sameness quotient. Now, the success of their products on a global market, attests to the bright minds that were used to and continue to produce those “things we didn’t know we needed.”
Now we come back to my formula, the one that evolved over my decades of coping with the changes I dealt with – relocation, illness, business failure, and a host of other challenges. Each job, each relationship, each educational opportunity provided information that I could use to develop this formula to help me, and others, be more successful in their next encounter with change.
A species adapts to survive — with the Adapter Factor, I’m asking if you want to go to the next level and thrive.
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