Are You Rigidly Flexible?


Years ago I was with a large corporate client and the VP of Facilities was talking to a group of managers about project planning. He told them that as they worked on their management training they needed to strive to be “rigidly flexible” as they planned and executed their projects.

This caught my ear. What he was talking about is the fact that plans never unfold exactly the way you planned them. Circumstances change. New opportunities and challenges present themselves.

What you want to do as you further your leadership development is to be rigid in your resolve to accomplish your most important objectives. But you also want to be flexible to adapt your approach as you adjust to new circumstances.

Keep alert! Being “rigidly flexible” requires that you pay attention to what is happening around you so you will know when to make adjustments to assure that you reach your goals.


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