Follow the Authors
The Power of Flexing: How to Use Small Daily Experiments to Create Big Life-Changing Growth Hardcover – Oct. 5 2021
Explore your book, then jump right back to where you left off with Page Flip.
View high quality images that let you zoom in to take a closer look.
Enjoy features only possible in digital – start reading right away, carry your library with you, adjust the font, create shareable notes and highlights, and more.
Discover additional details about the events, people, and places in your book, with Wikipedia integration.
Enhance your purchase
A leadership and learning expert shows you how to change your behavior, develop soft skills, and achieve personal and professional growth through a series of small experiments she calls “Flexing.”
A personnel shift at your organization puts you into a leadership role you don't feel prepared for.
Your boss tells you that you seem aloof and unapproachable in client meetings.
You need to win the support of the members of a local community group for a project you feel passionate about.
Addressing these diverse issues depends on improving your soft skills—such as time management, team building, communication and listening, creative thinking, and problem-solving. But this isn’t as easy as it may seem.
Sue Ashford, the chair of the Management and Organizations group at the Ross School of Business, has the solution. In this timely book, she introduces Flexing—a technique individuals, teams, and entire organizations can use to learn, grow, and develop their skills and knowledge with every new project, work assignment, and problem. Flexing empowers you to embrace any challenge and adapt to any change, yielding practical, valuable takeaways that ensure growth.
Flexing helps you move ahead when you’re confronted with a new challenge, or simply want to develop a vital skill. It’s a journey that begins with setting a flex goal—stating explicitly what you want to learn and how you want to grow. Once that flex goal is set, you then begin to run experiments, solicit feedback from peers or colleagues, and monitor and tweak your progress on the way to achieving your goal. Flexing can be tailored to each person, allowing you to reflect on your own experiences and incorporate the lessons you learn in the next project you tackle. It’s a growth mindset that will help you become the best version of yourself.
Flexing also works with teams and organizations. Ashford teaches small groups and large how to implement flexing to ensure their members are ready for new challenges. With more people moving to remote working full-time and developing new ways of collaborating in teams, this warm and practical guide will help every professional and any organization on the journey to greater effectiveness.
Sue Ashford’s evidence-based book illustrated with compelling examples teaches us the art of flexing and masterfully helps us thrive in a constantly changing world. For anyone who wants to grow on the job, this is a book for building the skills needed for a lifetime of career success and fulfillment. -- Scott Sonenshein, bestselling author of Stretch and co-author (with Marie Kondo) of Joy at Work
Flexing will begin by improving your work, it will then become a habit, and soon enough it will have changed your life. -- Gianpiero Petriglieri, author, professor, speaker, and Thinkers50 Listee
About the Author
Susan (Sue) J. Ashford holds the Michael and Susan Jandernoa Professorship and is chair of the Management and Organizations group at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Her academic work has been published in all the top journals in her field and she has been recognized with two lifetime achievement awards for her scholarship from the Academy of Management. Her academic work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Publisher : Harper Business (Oct. 5 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0063011573
- ISBN-13 : 978-0063011571
- Item weight : 454 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.57 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #583,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
About the authors
Top reviews from other countries
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on October 24, 2021
If we want to have any chance of looking in the mirror at age 28, 48, 68, or 88 and not just see a more wrinkled version of our 18-year old selves, we need to figure out how to grow from our life experiences. The word flex has many meanings but one is important here: “to change something slightly to make it more suitable for a particular situation.” If we hope to grow into our lives as accomplished, kinder and wiser versions of former selves, we need to learn to flex. Ernest Hemingway once said, “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” Susan Ashford helps us here become noble versions of ourselves.
Drawing from her own life as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, friend, teacher and research professor, Ashford draws upon her own and so many others’ lived experiences, as well as decades of social and organizational psychology research, to help us become our better selves.
It is impossible to read this book and not come away inspired to grow, better equipped to learn, and eager to be that noble new person. To be sure, we are not alone on this journey. As Ashford points out, relatives, friends, colleagues, coaches, and even strangers can and will help us along the way but at the end of the day, we have to do the growing. Susan Ashford helps us do just that.
What I love most about this book is that it is rooted in self-compassion. There is no sense here that we are broken. Susan Ashford never tells that we must grow, must learn, or must change. She simply takes us as we are and with a durable faith in the possibilities of the human person, encourages us to take a look at ourselves. Ever optimistic, she inspires, gently coaxes, and ultimately helps us be better than we might ever imagine.
Give this book a read. You, and everyone in your world, will be glad you did!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 8, 2021
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 5, 2021
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 11, 2021