Flex Your Flexibility

August 25, 2021


Author: Karl Schoemer

“What was wrong with the old way?” say your colleagues. “Just give me some time to get used to the idea,” says your manager.

In the old environment, there was time to adjust. People had the chance to get comfortable and work through resistance to changes occurring around them. Now, as the global marketplace gets bigger and more complex daily, competition can and does come from any quarter. You don’t get to decide how long you have to adjust. Neither does your boss or even your organization. Now, the time limits are set by the marketplace and your customers.

Your willingness to adapt quickly becomes a competitive advantage — individually and organizationally. Your unwillingness or inability to adapt can become a huge disadvantage for you and your organization.

Look around. Who within your organization is thriving on all this change? If they have adjusted and you haven’t, who is at risk? Who is vulnerable? You must embrace change or it will hunt you down — exposing your rigidity and diminishing your value.

Don’t hold onto the old way and don’t waste precious energy digging in. Let go of the past and begin to flex your flexibility.

Increase your flexibility by

  1. Letting go of the old way, the old processes, the old thinking, the old approach, the old work habits, the old expectations — of all of it
  2. Bringing a sense of adventure to work each day
  3. Build your reputation on how quickly you adapt
  4. Be the first to try something new





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