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21st Century Soft Skills: flexibility

We are at the end of our series on the 10 essential soft skills for 2020, according to the World Economic Forum study.

10/10 – Flexibility

The last soft skill that promotes the employability of candidates is mental flexibility.

Indeed, the automation of processes, the evolution of working methods, the multiplication of tools are permanently modifying the profile of candidates sought by companies in the 21st century.

Mental flexibility: definition.

Mental flexibility is one of the high cognitive functions. It corresponds to the ability to move from one task to another and to think about several solutions to a given problem, but also to anticipate and adapt in constraining situations. With it, the individual can quickly reorient his thinking towards a new task and find unusual ways to solve a problem by combining reflection and creativity.

Why is adaptability a real asset?

Today’s jobs are changing at a rapid pace. It is therefore essential to be able to learn and train continuously. The world is reinventing itself every day. Our ecosystem is marked by disruptive elements to which it is essential to adapt in order to stay in the race.

Mental flexibility is therefore a fundamental support for divergent thinking and creativity. It thus represents a major asset for a more fulfilled professional and personal life.

Some ways to improve your flexibility.

Become fully aware of your strengths and weaknesses: a better knowledge of yourself is a real asset to advance serenely and experiment. Link to the app-me?
Build on resilience: take advantage of your mistakes and bounce back.
Work on your emotional and collective intelligence
Get out of your comfort zone and dare to innovate
Article written with the participation of Dr Fanny Nusbaum, Psychology and Neuroscientist, member of the emage-me scientific committee.