Monday, June 29, 2009

The Flexible Approach

During their 1995 postseason run, the Houston Rockets won their second NBA championship by defeating the San Antonio Spurs and the Orlando Magic. Two quality teams that featured premier centres in David Robinson and Shaquille O'Neal.

Both of them had been severely outplayed by Houston Rocket big man, Hakeem Olajuwon.

In a Life magazine story, Robinson seemed perplexed. "Solve Hakeem?" said Robinson. "You don't solve Hakeem."

O'Neal felt the same way after going down in a Finals sweep . "He's got about five moves, then four countermoves," said a stunned O'Neal. " That gives him 20 moves."

The most all around and successful players are those who consistently demonstrate flexibility in their actions.

They have several options and possess the ability to score in a variety of ways.

Being flexible is vital to achieving any form of success in today's challenging world.

Situations will constantly arise that impact the way we get things done but how we choose to respond to these changes is key.

Developing an ambidextrous mindset will allow you to view and approach problems in an entirely different manner.

You'll consider problems as opportunities to try new and different solutions.

Here are 4 points to keep in mind about flexibility:

1. Nothing is set in stone - People and circumstances can change at a moments notice;

2. Being flexible doesn't mean you're indecisive or unable to make up your mind;

3. Taking a rigid approach suggests that you are resistance to change;

4. You've got to consciously make the decision to be flexible until it becomes second nature.


Great leaders aspire to have mutually beneficial relationships with those they come in contact with. Demonstrating flexibility in your actions can help increase the number of quality relationships in your life.

"Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach."
Tom Robbins

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