The Skill Of Being Flexible

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. Winston Churchill

Twenty five years ago in The Futurist Journal(Sept.-Oct. 1993), I introduced the word “flexpertise”, a term coined by Lewis Perelman in 1985. Flexpertise means the ability to continually adapt, innovate, and change.  Because of today’s world of constant change and the current political state of turmoil, the need for flexpertise has never been greater. We certainly don’t have a president or two political parties with flexpertise. And much of the voting public isn’t flexible or changeable.

According to Perelman: The “flexpert” is open-minded, comfortable with uncertainty, delighted with change, and capable of unfreezing and refreezing beliefs, knowledge and attitudes. Flexpertise helps you get off the paradigm. Does this sound like any politician you know?  Or any voter? Does it sound like you?

What America’s population needs now is a mindset that is not fixed. And it needs attitudes and beliefs that are not dogmatic, and a point of view that is open-minded. Basically we have two choices: To be flexible or to be inflexible.

Choosing to be flexible is choosing to be responsive to change, adaptable, characterized by a ready capability to adapt to new, different, or changing requirements,the ability to be easily modified. It is being resilient, adaptable, changeable, malleable. I believe this choice will benefit the future of America.

Why would someone intentionally choose to be inflexible? Choosing to be inflexible is choosing to be rigid, fixed, resolute, inalterable, ironclad, stubborn. Do you know some people like this. Are you inflexible? Inflexibility limits your learning, eliminates options, restricts growth. I am aware that there are probably few people who are totally flexible or totally inflexible.

If we don’t expect politicians to be flexible, how about the voting public? How about you? The ability or inability to change is the key to our future, which itself is changeable. I have often promoted the personal strategy: Become as capable of change as the environment. When the environment is changing, being flexible is not only an advantage, it is a necessity. You can’t always control, or even predict, the change that happens to you; but you can control the change that happens by you. If you are a flexpert.

 Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change. Wayne Dyer

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3 Responses to  FLEXPERTISE

  1. Eugene Unger says:

    R u flexible HB Gelatt ? R u sure? Are u inflexible ? R u sure ? On all or some issues? Is it safe , where u are. Do you like u or you ? Eneg Gene


  2. Marianne says:

    It would be wrong to accept changes that Trump is imposing. The changes on our country’s attitude toward acceptance of differences, the destruction of our public lands, etc etc etc are creating a country that I don’t accept. You know all those drastic.destructive changes going on, and I know you are horrified by what is going on as well. So this isn’t the time to be flexible and accepting.
    I do agree that need to be flexible is a good thing when we have to accept changes in our personal history and physical selves.

  3. Beth Lyon says:

    I am not much of a flexbert but i try.
    Great lunch with you two.
    And today we had a drive that took us past the Schroeders old place. WOW

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