Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change (Hardcover)
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Discover eight powerful mindset shifts that enable leaders and seekers of all ages to thrive in a time of unprecedented change and uncertainty.
Being adaptable and flexible have always been hallmarks of effective leadership and a fulfilling life. But in a world of so much—and faster-paced—change, and an ever-faster pace of change, flexibility and resilience can be stretched to their breaking points. The quest becomes how to find calm and lasting meaning in the midst of enduring chaos.
A world in flux calls for a new mindset, one that treats constant change and uncertainty as a feature, not a bug. Flux helps readers open this mindset—a flux mindset—and develop eight “flux superpowers” that flip conventional ideas about leadership, success, and well-being on their heads. They empower people to see change in new ways, craft new responses, and ultimately reshape their relationship to change from the inside out. April Rinne defines these eight flux superpowers:
• Run slower.
• See what's invisible.
• Get lost.
• Start with trust.
• Know your “enough.”
• Create your portfolio career.
• Be all the more human (and serve other humans).
• Let go of the future.
Whether readers are sizing up their career, reassessing their values, designing a product, building an organization, trying to inspire their colleagues, or simply showing up more fully in the world, enjoying a flux mindset and activating their flux superpowers will keep readers grounded even when the ground is too often shifting beneath them.
About the Author
April Rinne is a “change navigator,” speaker, investor, and adventurer whose work and travels in more than one hundred countries have given her a front-row seat to a world in flux. She is one of the fifty leading female futurists in the world, a Harvard Law School graduate, a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, and a Fulbright Scholar. Rinne is a trusted advisor to well-known startups, companies, financial institutions, nonprofits, and governments worldwide. Earlier in life she was a global development executive, an international microfinance lawyer, and a hiking guide. As a certified yoga teacher, she can often be found upside-down, doing handstands around the world.
“This book is a gift. In a world that changes ever faster, we need a path toward resilience and peace of mind. April Rinne's words are arriving at just the right moment.”
—Seth Godin, author of The Practice
“Flux is a breath of fresh air. April has brilliantly balanced the personal and the professional, heart and head, to bring original insights to individuals and organizations about how to not just survive but thrive in change. She reveals uncanny and often unconventional wisdom about what it means to be grounded in your truth, to lead with equanimity, and to lean into the future with hope rather than fear. In a word: wow!”
—Kathy Calvin, former President and CEO, UN Foundation
“If you fear change, read this book. Flux will help you discover the power and beauty in the invisible, the imperfect, and the unknown.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human
“The leaders who master a flux mindset—planning and adapting around the unknown to responsibly serve our organizations and communities—will shape the world in the coming decades. This book provides thought-provoking tools and tactics to exercise and strengthen our ability to take on uncertainty.”
—Mariah Levin, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum
“Flux is both wisdom and a wake-up call for all ages. April’s style is that of a dear friend who celebrates you for who you are and encourages you to evolve. She brings her whole self to Flux, sharing personal stories of loss and transformation alongside firsthand accounts of how change is viewed around the world. You’ll never look at change and uncertainty in the same way again.”
—Chip Conley, Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership, Airbnb, founder of Modern Elder Academy, and New York Times bestselling author
“As I read Flux, I kept thinking of its applicability to young people, including and perhaps especially the young women and girls across the world who want nothing more than to learn and lead. April brings an inclusive and global perspective; she marries disciplines deftly and creatively; and she acknowledges generational difference with compassion and a wide lens. . . . This book has universal relevance and true appeal for both the strivers and the dreamers, who will learn how to harness their inner flux in service to a restored and just world.
I devoured April's book in the new year. Its tone and message aligned beautifully with my own resolutions around equanimity and personal refinement. She helps you see change from a place of hope rather than fear, showing you how to anchor yourself in what really matters and giving you courage to just keep swimming, as my daughters would say. We all need this book as our own personal Flux Jedi—a gentle teacher at times, a more assertive coach at others. A gift of a book from a gift of a human.”
—Suzanne Ehlers, CEO, Malala Fund
“At a time when the status quo is perhaps at its least compelling, it's hard to think of someone better than April Rinne—thoughtful, brilliant, and kind—to help us rethink our paths, priorities, and hopes.”
—Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law, Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government
“As we all ask, ‘When will we go back to normal?’ April has created a compelling argument for why we just may not want to. Too much learning and adaptation has taken place in the past year, due to a pandemic and otherwise, and as April so carefully describes, with the right mindset we can unleash superpowers that uniquely enable us to thrive in constant uncertainty and change. Drawing on her deeply personal and professional experiences, April shows us how slowing down, exploring, and trusting may just lead us down a path of greater personal fulfillment while unleashing greater human potential.”
—Heather McGowan, future of work and learning expert and coauthor of The Adaptation Advantage
“At once both highly practical and deeply moving, Flux gives readers not just the inspiration to embrace the unknown but the tools and superpowers to do so with clarity and intention. This is what should be taught in all schools.”
—Jonathan Kalan, cofounder and CEO, Unsettled
“Flux is the book for our new-now-next-never normal: timely yet timeless, full of wisdom, and rooted in humanity. It nourishes your mind, heart, and soul alike. It is both a balm for today’s world and a thoughtful road map for tomorrow.”
—Nili Gilbert, institutional investor and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader
“In a world full of uncertainty, April has a gift for making you feel less anxious about what you don’t know. In Flux, that gift is in full force. She helps you see change from a place of hope rather than fear, showing you how to anchor yourself in what really matters and giving you courage to take the next step.”
—David Kessler, author of Finding Meaning
“April Rinne will help you to replace the old static script of your life with a flux mindset: a new way of thinking and being in the world that will help you write and revise many drafts of your own future. Developing your flux superpowers will help you navigate an uncertain world, tap into your sense of purpose, and make the best risk decisions.”
—Michele Wucker, author of The Gray Rhino and You Are What You Risk