Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
How do you make the most of any situation? Figure out whether you need to adapt, adjust or avoid.
Adapting to the SituationAdapting to the situation, means changing yourself for the situation. While flexibility is good, you need to be careful. You can trade your less effective behaviors, but don't adapt to the situation in a way that takes away your strengths. You'd be better off finding a situation where you can play to your strengths.
Adjusting the SituationAdjusting the situation, means changing the situation to suit you. Sometimes this is the best option, particularly if you can set it up to play to your strength. For example, when you take on a project, can you get the right people on board that compliment your ability?
Avoiding the SituationSometimes this is the best path. Learn to spot the situations where you don't do well. This is my caution. Because I turn any situation into a learning opportunity or challenge, I need to know when it's low ROI. Life's too short to spend energy in low ROI situations.
Self-Awareness is the KeyIf you know your personal strengths and passions, this is your key to success. You avoid adapting to situations that take away your strengths. You learn to setup situations in a way that you succeed. You learn the situations that you should avoid.
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At Microsoft, I regularly mentor some fellow softies.   It can be tough to navigate the waters,