As a citizen of the 21st century,
you should be able to

  • adapt to change effectively and
    be willing and motivated to readjust, adapt and relearn

  • deal strategically with new,
    unfamiliar, or different situations

  • solve problems that arise at work or school, dealing effectively with
    fatigue, stress, the new, the unexpected and uncertainty

  • react positively to changes without allowing them to greatly affect your performance, acting effectively despite pressures and stress

  • be creative and keep an open mind to new situations

  • work in teams with a high level of diversity (multidisciplinary, cultural, with different levels of skills, training, and experience; people with disabilities)

  • Maintaining focus during emergencies
  • Handling emotions in the face of an emergency
  • Having a clear mind, or being objective in times of emergencies
  • Taking actions during a crisis
  • Ability to make good decisions in times of crisis
  • Handling stress or stressful situations
  • Being able to deal with a large workload without feeling overwhelmed
  • Being positive and energetic, and to cope with stress
  • Ability to analyze, synthetize, evaluate, and persuade
  • Using a variety of problem solving strategies
  • Being a innovative person, developing innovative solutions
  • Ability to connect unrelated information
  • Actively seeking out new ways of doing things
  • Having confidence to improvise or experiment
  • Reading and acting upon signals
  • Ability to handle unpredictable situations and environments
  • Making effective decisions without all relevant information
  • Ability to deal with those changes needed in your own behaviour to respond to a dynamic environment (the environment affects you, but it is also affected by you)
  • Reacting to new tasks and maintain performance
  • Learninability
  • Ability to develop and improve skills constantly
  • Ability to stay current in your profession, domain or expertise area
  • Learning new approaches for conducting work
  • Taking action to improve work performance deficiencies
  • Learning new methods to solve problems
  • Willingness to adapt or make changes in personal identities or behavior
  • Ability to self-assess, and being open to criticism
  • Ability to internally change and adapt by adopting new attitudes, attributes and self-perception (receptiveness)
  • Ability to grow and modify your personal identity
  • Being flexible, open to new ideas and people
  • Ability to understand how people feel at any particular moment
  • Being open-minded
  • Being perceptive of others
  • Adapting my behavior to get along with others
  • Being able to communicate, and accept a diverse perspective
  • Learning about cultures other than my own
  • Ability to work efficiently in a diverse team or environment
  • Ability to respect others' culture
  • Learning from working with people of different backgrounds, values, customs, etc
  • Ability to perform well in different environments (e.g., clean and non-clean, orderly and non-orderly, hot or cold)
  • Being able to physically push yourself to complete important tasks
  • Ability to work effectively even when tired or exhausted

Sources: Based on I-ADAPT framework
(Ployhart & Bliese, 2006; Morrison & Douglas, 2002).


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