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How Adaptability and Open Mindedness Lead to Success

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By Aaron Vick

Aaron Vick is acting CEO for Cicayda due to the long time CEO’s activation by the ARMY Reserves to serve on the COVID-19 National Response Team. Prior to 2020, Aaron was Chief Strategy Officer for Cicayda providing tailored solutions and support within the realm of litigation eDiscovery. He routinely speaks and teaches on discovery best practices and trends as well as meets with international groups to discuss evolving discovery practice rules around the globe.

If you’re just starting out in your own business as an entrepreneur, or if you’re a hiring manager of C-suite personnel, you’ve probably found yourself putting on different hats—jumping into roles that could or should be filled by other employees. And as a leader, you and your company need to be adaptable.

Understanding every aspect of your business is a strength that will give you better insight into how to run your company, how employees behave, where you might be able to streamline production, and where you might need improvements.

This can be considered both a hard skill where you learn how to do specific jobs that are required for the business to function, and a soft skill where you’ll learn more about communication, teamwork, and how to deal with interpersonal relations (people skills).

But understanding every job from the mailroom to the boardroom is not the only area where adaptability will serve you.

When it comes to getting out a product or service, adaptability to the market, its ups and down, and its demands are the focal points for staying on top of your game. You’ll need to be open-minded and resilient. In other words, you need to make the best of things, regardless of how they have turned.

That doesn’t mean you should just “go with the flow”.

It means you need to be resourceful. Change what you can and adapt to the things you can’t. There’s no time like the present for assessing, reassessing, and growing a skillset. This should always be at the forefront of your mind.

You need to trust your own judgement. If you started with a solid plan and something didn’t work, be patient and tolerant until you and your team find a solution. When things go wrong, don’t lay blame.

Yes, someone may have overtly dropped the ball, but always try to put yourself in their shoes and show respect for the shortcomings of others. Get to the root of why this happened, then be positive in your outlook for finding a solution.

Strive to be able to bend without breaking. In other words, don’t compromise the values and vision of the company, just work toward a solution that will bring the same big picture outcome by a different path.

Being highly adaptable means being:

  • Tolerant
  • Confident
  • Empathetic
  • Positive
  • Respectful
  • Versatile
  • Flexible

Being open-minded means:

  • Being flexible
  • Looking for solutions instead of laying blame
  • Listening to the opinions and creative ideas of your team
  • Looking at things through someone else’s eyes

What’s most important here is to focus on the big picture outcome and apply maniacal flexibility and creativity in the execution path.

Can you be too open-minded? Probably not.

Being open-minded to changes or the ideas of others does not mean you must implement every idea that comes along. But it will go a long way to being able to find solutions that will improve your chances of success.

  • Be honest about where ideas can add value, and have a conversation about why one idea may be implemented over another.
  • Explore what might be uncomfortable and unconventional even if you don’t pursue it.
  • Force yourself to have two perspectives.
  • Implement active listening and dig into details.

If you find yourself being rigid, discontented, unwilling to change your attitude or how you do things, or being competitive even among your lower ranking employees, you’re not adapting, and this can cause the breakdown of trust and respect, which in turn leads to lower productivity and creativity among the ranks.

Can you be too adaptable? Yes.

Adapting to changes in the market, for example, means you’ve discovered how to keep your business running and turning a profit when consumer demands change—how people shop, how they spend, and why they buy. When the price of raw materials increases, for example, you’ll need to find a way to adjust your budget and your output to maintain your current status. If you’re not making as much profit as last month, that does not signal failure, it simply means you’ve got to get on top of the game and adapt.

  • Focus on solving hard problems by unlocking many smaller problems and solving them first.
  • Prepare a list of questions that challenge how your company operates in the marketplace, then answer those questions with viable alternatives that will allow you to adapt.
  • Utilize your team to hone in on key pieces that might be missing and that might work to give you more leverage in a changing market.
  • Reduce choices to two options.

So in being adaptable, what’s the difference between being versatile and being flexible?

When you’re flexible, you’re able to make changes without compromising too much—you (your company) can bend, but you won’t break. You’re ready to boost your awareness and willingness to make necessary changes.

Being versatile means you (your company) can cover many areas successfully and competently. You can move in a different direction if the need arises.

When America joined World War II in 1941, factories—automobile factories in particular—rapidly converted to the production of military tanks, rifles, ammunition, and airplanes. They served a greater purpose and were able to adapt to the needs of the country.

You will likely not have to make this kind of swift and drastic conversion, but knowing what your company is and is not capable of will guide you along the path to success and keep you there.

The paper and packaging industry is a great example of how the structure of an industry might need to change based on new technology. The need for graphic paper (newsprint and coated papers such as those used in photography) has been replaced by digitization, people don’t write letters and send them through the mail, and even copier paper is less in demand due to the proliferation of emails.

So how is this industry adapting? They’re focusing on other areas where paper is now in greater demand—packaging in both the consumer and industrial markets, and tissue products.

  • Can you find a way to consolidate production or focus on a specific area of your industry?
  • Are there lines that cannot be crossed?

Being adaptable and open-minded shouldn’t start when a crisis arises. Know your options—what your company is capable of–ahead of time by planning options for change or at least keeping change in the back of your mind.

Being adaptable, flexible, versatile, and open-minded about options will keep you and your company prospering. It will allow you to revitalize and renew, and it might incite new ideas that can bring growth even when you’re not pressed to adapt.

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This is how Dorart Ibrahimi grew a million-dollar company at just 16

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Social media can be a tricky and tough place to navigate and understand especially when it comes to content creators and businesses to grow their reach and customers. While social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are known to be marvellous places to monetise and reach out to the right people, it can be challenging for those who do not understand the first thing about them.

This is why there are organisations and institutions that help influencers, businesses and content creators in reaching the right audience, growing their outreach and networking with the right people.

One such person who has done immensely well in the world of social media is Dorart Ibrahimi.

16-year-old Dorart has started an Organic Growth Program which is the most unique and outstanding scheduled program ever made where businesses and individuals will be guaranteed to achieve success on Instagram, in the form of likes, followers and everything that Instagram has to offer.

At the age of just 16, Dorart is the owner of DORART MGMT LLC, which is a million-dollar company that has successfully surpassed $2 million in sales within two years of beginning.

Born and raised in Kosovo, Dorart is ethnically Albanian. While Dorart was raised in a middle-class household, his parents were extremely intellectual and taught him a lot about life. A lot of his significant business learnings came from hanging out with the biggest business venture partners in Kosovo. Dorart began admiring them and this is where his passion for making money and becoming a businessman at such a young age was born.

Starting during the pandemic, Dorart began the organisation as a fun meme page after which he decided to grow his personal standing where he found it was possible to make money from advertising.

It was Dorart’s love for social media and content promotion that led him to build DORART MGMT LLC as its owner and founder and grow the organisation to 59 employees who, as per Dorart, “make thousands of dollars a month each”.

Dorart has a $500,000 worth and he plans to grow it to at least a few million in the next year.

His extreme talent, a knack for social media and a deep understanding of Instagram, as a platform, is what has led Dorart to where he is today.

Dorart has future plans to turn his organisation into an Incorporation where he will be starting various online businesses and services in different fields in real life.

Not just that, to impart his knowledge and learning from the world of social media, Dorart will also be beginning a Mentorship Group where he will be teaching millions how to make money and how to build a successful marketing agency.

With just two years with him, Dorart has been able to build and grow his business to having over $500,000 worth. His plans include growing and building his business further along with expanding into other ventures. While he plans to grow the worth of his company to $2 million until next year, he ultimately plans to grow it into one of the biggest incorporations in the world.

 

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