Coping can lead to adaptation, but adaptation doesn’t necessarily lead to coping.
Often when we think we are adapting, we are really coping.
When presented with change, our organizations pretend we adapt.
We try something else.
But this isn’t adapting; this is coping.
Coping is surface level and is a reaction to external forces. It’s also temporary. When our organizations cope, we distract ourselves from making real change before moving on to address the next threat.
Adaptation involves changing our DNA. It involves changing who we are and how we see the world. Adaptation is evolution incarnate and it makes us become super heroes.
Most importantly, this change happens on the inside.
Sometimes coping can buy us time.
But ultimately we need to truly adapt.