6.1 Adaptability

Performance indicator

  • I am able to plan and carry out routine daily tasks showing flexibility.
  • I am able to adapt the way of thinking to new conditions if necessary.

Learning objective

  • I know how to adapt to the changing conditions during training, studies and work.

Activity 1



Adaptability is essential skill to have – it includes making plans, preparing for different outcomes, and overcoming different problems. Each student is different – as is each coach. Student may be shy, underconfident or enthusiastic and overconfident. While the tasks needs to be done – ability to recognize different personalities, praising, humor and other social skills is essential to be able to adapt the situation.

If a situation comes up – first thing a coach should is think about what has to be final result. Then steps need to be taken – to reach the final result. Because coach is filling two roles – there are usually two, a bit different outcome – one for the task and other for student.

For the task – task needs to be completed as efficiently as possible, with as little resources as possible. Therefor – sometimes, especially in the beginning, it is okay to tell your student to stop and complete their task. It is also important to socialize afterwards, not to blame but to ask questions – hear what went wrong and what information is missing and provide it.

For student – it is important to learn the skills necessary to do the job and skills which were listed in the contract agreement with the student or school. Therefor it is important to explain what you are doing and why and let them practice and jump into tasks they are able to do – provide active feedback with difficult tasks.

Teach methodology should be:

  1. Teach verbally – explain why and how.
  2. Show how it’s done – show them where, how and why the task is done.
  3. Let it be done by interns, be the guide – correct mistakes.
  4. Let it be done on their own but able to accept questions or provide help, feedback.
  5. Let them do it on their own – focus on other tasks.


It is also important to understand that the way it used to be thought to you might not be the method – you can experiment. There’s a saying “Interns do not know that, that you do not know” – feel free to experiment and ask for their feedback – ask to explain what they are doing and why. What was their thought process? This helps to notice mistakes or gaps in education and improve overall outcomes.

Put yourself in their shoes: Try to understand what the interns might be going through use your knowledge and experience. This can help to better understand the speaker’s point of view and respond respectively.

Self-evaluation method

Do the personality test here – and if possible – let your trainees do the same. This gives you insight of what type of person you are  and about different personalities.


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