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Elvis Rugamba
Elvis Rugamba

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My second-week experience in TaskForce 5.0

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Adaptability is a skill that refers to the ability of a person to change his actions, course, or approach to doing things to suit a new situation. Adaptability is not just adjusting to a situation. It encompasses being able to effect changes in a course of action with smoothness and timeliness, without any major setbacks.

Adaptability is being able to adjust to any situation at any given time.

John Wooden

The end of the week was quite intensive and I have had to adapt to a bunch of challenges I faced. From those challenges, I can typically mention stress.

On Friday we gave a presentation about what we’ve learned during the whole week. In the first week, we had our topic a day before our presentation day, and it was quite good because we had enough time to prepare for our presentation. But this week was different, we had our topic before a few hours of our presentation.

Doing research and preparing a presentation in a such small amount of time was very stressful. We divided our topic into parts and each was allocated to a team member. Everyone had to do research on the assigned topic and after that, we had to explain to each other the topics.

This approach helped us as a team, but from my side, I had to add something. In the first few minutes, I was panicking and I was not able to focus on my task. I was only thinking about what will happen if we don’t deliver our presentation instead of thinking about what to do. This kept bothering me, and after wasting my valuable time I realised that I had to change my mind. I took a deep breath and started to think positively.

This helped me to accomplish my task and I was able to share my learnings on the topics with my teammates. We prepared our presentation successfully and we delivered it very well.

So, the only thing that helped me to manage my stress was adaptability. For as long as there are many uncontrollable factors in our environment, it is necessary to acquire adaptability skill.

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