Flexibility Quotes

‘The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.’ Albert Einstein

‘We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.’ Albert Einstein

‘A flexible mind has a better chance to think differently and take a unique path in the life journey.’ Pearl Zhu

‘If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.’ Jeff Bezos

‘We are stubborn on vision. We are flexible on details….’ Jeff Bezos

‘What I always say is that Japanese are like willow. We can be bent easily, but once you try to break us, it would not be so easy.’ Hiroko Sakai

‘If you have to plan for a future beyond the forecasting horizon, plan for surprise. That means, as Danzig advises, planning for adaptability and resilience.’ Philip Tetlock

‘The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.’ F. Scott Fitzgerald

‘The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.’ Robert Jordan

‘People often tell you that you are wrong about ideas or that they are impossible. But, if you really persevere and keep trying, there’s not a lot you can’t do.’ Robert Langer

‘It is no accident that successful cities are those that offer a greater spectrum of job opportunities and businesses. And that successful companies have a diversity of products and services with the flexibility to change, adapt and reinvent in response to changing markets.’ Geoffrey West

Though far from perfect, human deduction is extremely helpful for seeing the potential consequences of actions, and for performing mental simulations rather than having to build everything.’ Eric Beinhocker

‘In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.’ Dwight Eisenhower

‘Firmness in support of fundamentals, with flexibility in tactics and methods, is the key to any hope of progress in negotiation.’ Dwight Eisenhower

‘Its only through flexibility and imagination, we’ll achieve a deal that works truly for both sides.’ David Davis, Brexit negotiator for the UK, August 2017.

‘If human beings could invent the modern industrial organisation, then they can reinvent it.’ Gary Hamel

‘We need to take a more flexible approach to both the workplace and the work we do; one that provides us both the physical and cognitive space to harness the incredible power, insight and experience we offer, but focused not on the individual processes, but instead on the overall outcomes our organisations are seeking to achieve.’ David Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer of Microsoft UK and Author of ‘Business Re-Imagined: Why Work Isn’t Working and What You Can Do About It’ and ‘The Rise of the Humans’.

‘Change management needs to create readiness for change in the organisation, to reduce resistance and to integrate the employees into the process of change, so that flexibility becomes an inherent part of the organisation, without being a threat to the employees.’ Thomas Lauer

‘If constraints are like tightrope walking, then trade-offs are inescapable tugs of war among what’s available, what’s possible, what’s desirable and what the limits are.’ Guru Madhavan

‘Through broader signal detection, parallel innovation, superior flexibility and rapid mobilisation, multi-company systems can enhance the adaptiveness of individual companies.’ Martin Reeves and Mike Deimler

‘First and foremost, we need leaders who can adapt and innovate… You need leaders who can adapt rapidly to unforeseen circumstances. As with our leaders, we need soldiers to be able to adapt.’ US Major General H.R. McMaster

‘Companies will overhaul their employee benefits to take into account an aging work force, especially the commonly expressed desire for flexibility, a change in corporate practices that should appeal to employees of all ages.’ Chris Farrell

‘Work lives are far more complex and a common theme emerging from unretirement is that flexibility and variety is critical.’ Chris Farrell

‘In the wicked world, with ill-defined challenges and few rigid rules, range can be a life hack.’ David Epstein

‘Governments should aim for maximum flexibility during times of disruption, while providing incentives for building resilience during times of stability.’ Jonathan Wright

‘One way to think of dynamic operations is as a less tightly integrated, more flexible, non-linear coalition of supply chains. This flexibility can help a company navigate unpredictable markets.’ Jonathan Wright

‘A first step is cut the data differently. A lot of information is already there. It’s more a case of understanding how to crunch it to create better insights and more useful and relevant products.’ Kantar.com (‘Winning over women’ 2017 report. Kantar is a brand and marketing communications research company)

‘Winners in the global marketplace have been firms that can demonstrate timely responsiveness and rapid and flexible product innovation, coupled with the management capability to effectively coordinate and redeploy internal and external competences.’ David Teece, Gary Pisano and Amy Sheun

Necessity is the mother of invention.’ Plato

‘A business strategy is a series of related options.’ Timothy Luehrman

‘It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able to adapt to and to adjust best to the changing environment in which it finds itself.’ Charles Darwin

‘The worst feeling as a politician is not the taking of the tough decision, but when you feel the pressure of time and events is taking it for you. Then, as the walls close in and the doors slam shut around you, you need that moment of clarity amidst the panic to escape.’ Tony Blair

‘There are two types of minds – the mathematical, and what might be called the intuitive. The former arrives at its views slowly, but they are firm and rigid; the latter is endowed with greater flexibility and applies itself simultaneously to the dive.’ Blaise Pascal

‘Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.’ Led Zeppelin from their song ‘Stairway to Heaven’.

‘Just go talk to the engineers.’ Larry Page