Define Experiential Disposition…

Experiential Disposition is the extent that someone seeks out new and different experiences, adapts to changes in the workplace, and is tolerant of differences between people. It is the degree to which someone is flexible, unconventional and reflective.

In terms of workplace behavior, Experiential Disposition is disposition/likelihood/enjoyment for:

  • Adapting to a wide range of personalities, ideas and environments.
  • Maintaining productivity during times of change.
  • Adapting to other peoples' differences (i.e., their strengths and weaknesses).
  • Adapting to drastic changes in the work environment.
  • Maintaining openness to others' views when they differ radically from their own.
  • Tolerating temporary work inconveniences and impositions without complaint.
  • Accepting change and modifying work habits to respond to occasional change, new ideas, personalities or situations.
  • Motivating others to accept change who are used to the way things have always been done.
  • Being able to learn and apply new skills as job requirements change.
  • Initiating change to enhance productivity or performance.
  • Integrating change smoothly into existing plans and procedures.

Experiential Disposition is one of the dominant aspects of Openness to Experience in the five-factor model of personality - the other dominant aspect is Intellectual Disposition.

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