What does it mean to be flexible?

Here are some of the criteria that you might like to keep in mind as you continue to stretch yourself:

  • Allowing yourself to take risks: innovation blooms in discomfort.
  • Handling problems and bouncing back. In times when things don’t go as planned, find the strength to develop resilience, perseverance, stamina and pick yourself up for new adventures.
  • Welcoming other viewpoints, for example by listening actively and inquiring or by playing different roles and empathising or practising compassion.
  • Forcing yourself to observe yourself from another perspective so you can give yourself advises, you can monitor yourself and then take appropriate action.
  • Zooming in and out of a situation to look at it from different angles, understand the big picture and the details and develop agility when taking actions.
  • Being positive yet remain vulnerable. It’s crucial that being positive is not a synonym of hiding feelings. When you have an emotional response to a situation, try to identify the feeling you have and acknowledge it through practising self-compassion. Slowly, you will find the resourcefulness to overcome the negativity and will shine again.
  • Letting go is important, so is “letting come.” Be open to welcoming in new ideas.
  • Grasping life-long learning by embodying eagerness to learn. This mindset will inspire others in turn.
  • Embracing change and being contemporary. The digital age requires us to constantly adapt new tools, open up our horizons, and welcome innovation.
  • Accepting responsibility by exercising our rights and staying true to our values by being principled and reflective.
  • Thinking critically. Resist the urge of copying and find your unique voice. Context and complexity matter.
  • Communicating genuinely with honesty, sincerity, and transparency.