\u201cFocus on your problem zones, your strength, your energy, your flexibility and all the rest. Maybe your chest is flabby or your hips or waist need toning. Also, you should change your program every 30 days. That's the key.\u201d ~ Jack LaLanne Jack LaLanne was talking about fitness and health, but his advice also holds true for business. You know your business.\u00a0 Maybe you need to \u201cfocus on your problem zones.\u201d Maybe some aspect of your company is flabby and needs toning. Don\u2019t wait for it to fall apart; tone it up now.\u00a0 My favorite piece of small business advice from LaLanne's simple quote is the encouragement to \u201cchange your program every 30 days. That\u2019s the key.\u201d And that\u2019s the definition of flexibility.\u00a0 But while we may not change key aspects of our company monthly, they do need to be reevaluated often\u2014and changed or at least tweaked. Flexibility is good for business and it\u2019s good for your employees, too. If you\u2019re trying to get yourself to be more flexible and you\u2019re finding it kind of difficult, then do some research and gather examples of companies that offer more flexibility than yours does. Learn from them.\u00a0 Focus on noncompeting organizations: They'll be more willing to help and advise you because they are not worried about losing customers to you. But also consider something that Ivana Taylor mentioned in 7 Karmic Principles for Your Business and Life. In this article she references Michael Roach, co-author of Karmic Management, and his seven karmic principles. Principle #6 says \u201cTo free yourself from a world that doesn\u2019t work the way you want it to, learn about the hidden potential of things.\u201d\u00a0 Change always holds hidden potential. Since we can\u2019t keep people who don\u2019t want to be kept\u2014personally or professionally\u2014then doggedly holding on to old ways of doing business can be painful and unproductive.\u00a0 Turnover happens. But as Anita Campbell highlights in Is Your Workplace Flexible? If Not, You\u2019re Being Left Behind, there may need to be a greater degree of freedom.\u00a0 Referencing the Survey on Workplace Flexibility by WorldatWork, Anita states that \u201c98 percent of U.S. employers currently offer at least one workplace flexibility program.\u201d\u00a0 This refers to work plans like allowing employees to spend a few days each week working from home, or a four-day workweek instead of five, and several others.\u00a0 The point is, there are simple ways to provide flexibility to your employees if you decide that it\u2019s important to your team. Is it important? Well, Anita says, \u201ccompanies reported that flexibility had positive impacts on their employees\u2019 motivation, satisfaction and engagement.\u201d\u00a0 In fact, she states, \u201ca stronger culture of flexibility was correlated with a lower rate of voluntary turnover.\u201d A motivated employee is a more effective one. From personal experience, I know that flexibility can create an inspiring environment--and that is good for business.\u00a0 I mean, who doesn\u2019t want someone on their team who's excited about and focused on the work that they do, the problem that they solve for your clients? In 3 Tips For Creating Motivational Environments, John Mariotti says, \u201cNo one can motivate someone else. They can only create an environment in which a person can become motivated. Motivation is a self-induced condition.\u201d\u00a0 If that\u2019s true, then we might as well focus on the part that we can control.\u00a0 Hire the best team you can, and create the best environment you can.\u00a0 Don\u2019t just settle for what you have always done.\u00a0 Find the new "best practice" and establish a standard.