ELASTIC: Stretch without snapping or snapping back
Given the uncertainty of our times and the increasing pace of change, what does it take to continue to stretch productively without snapping, snapping back, or losing your shape?
Throughout the pandemic, people were being asked to stretch in too many directions at once, for too long. It all felt acutely unsustainable. I began looking for ways to maintain and rebuild energy amid uncertainties that weren’t going away. I read a lot and started routinely asking other people what was working for them. I paid attention to the analogies that were resonating. The organizations catching my attention were finding a zone of optimal stretch—not none, but not too far. And gradually ELASTIC emerged, representing the characteristics in leaders I admire: energy, likeability, adaptability, strategy, trust, imagination and curiosity.
The ELASTIC metaphor has become the subject of my third book, due to be released in February 2023, the topic of a keynote speech, and a popular workshop series that will run January-June 2023.
ELASTIC Workshop Series
The ELASTIC workshop series explores the metaphor of elasticity and the characteristics of ELASTIC leaders: energy, likeability, adaptability, strategy, trust, imagination and curiosity.
Register now for the entire series or for individual sessions. Join me for a conversation on likeability on March 3 at 12 p.m. ET.