I’m a runner. Well, not a fast, enthusiastic runner, but I make the effort to do my best and always make forward progress. One foot in front of the other, right?
One thing that I struggle with is taking the time to stretch before and after I run. It’s a simple thing, yet I tend to find myself more focused on getting the run over with – instead of taking the time to prepare my muscles and then take care of them afterwards. I’ve experienced the negative results that can come from not stretching properly – shin splints, pulled muscles, etc….PAIN. What I have come to learn is that the practice of stretching is critical to my continued success and strengthening as a runner.
Similarly, in business – and especially in today’s economy – the need to stretch and improve professional flexibility is extremely important.
I was inspired as I listened to our Signature Series Speaker Marsha Petrie Sue, in her Flexibilty Factor webinar that she recorded for us. She talks about the “Flexibility Five” she came up with – and how this can help streamline focus and help someone improve their ability to adjust with the challenges, obstacles and managing yourself in the process.
Here’s a brief recap:
1. Change Your Thinking - You can CHOOSE to have resonance or dissonance. If you choose resonance, you opt to look for the positive in everything. Negativity can wear down those around you.
2. Customer Service - Be detail oriented and focused on the human interaction. Clients are more demanding today than ever, because they have choices. It’s critical to focus on customer engagement.
3. Exceed Client Expectations - Build the best team you can have, be the most responsive you can be…but stay balanced.
4. It’s All About Them – Develop discipline, hone negotiating skills, build confidence, work on financial skills…but keep perspective. Focus on your clients and what they are experiencing.
5. Leverage Technology - Learn new applications and leverage yourself through social network engagement opportunities
So take a little time for to work on yourself, and don’t forget to stretch – I’ll see you at the finish line.