I love how different scenes in a movie or sections of a book stand out to different people.
For my friend and colleague Kelly McLaughlin, it was a brief section in ELASTIC called “…ish” that was most memorable for her. (She even mentioned it in her review on Amazon. Speaking of which, thank you and congratulations to Jan Tietz for winning the $100 local food voucher draw for posting a book review in March!)
So, as we wrap up this series on ELASTIC leadership, encouraging you to be more “…ish” seems fitting. We won’t get it all right all of the time, and that’s quite fine.
I first heard this term from Lynn Cazaly. She is an Australian thought leader who writes about and embodies ish beautifully. She invites people to a life of good enough, making “ish” into a verb — suggesting we “ish” not just because we have to, but because we choose to.
For me, being ELASTIC-ish invokes three magical qualities: inspiration, safety and hope. We need these in our lives and can offer them to others.
Think of people you know who inspire you. Make you feel safe. Encourage you to be more hopeful. Aren’t they the absolute best? Don’t they call out the best in you?
And if you can find all three in one person, you have found a gem.
If you’d like to be that precious person in someone else’s life, flip to pages 105-107 in ELASTIC for a refresher.
I’m looking forward to starting a new blog series next week, offering my take on some recent business articles on adaptability, to continue helping all of us make wiser decisions faster. Thanks for following along.