Movement in your workplace
More vocabulary and an application for leaders
I’m going to continue with this riff that ‘everything is movement’ a bit more.
Movement takes place through time and space and has intensities / forces and directions that go with it.
You can’t have movement without any of these parts.
With that in mind, when attempting to understand your own experience, or help someone process their lived experience, these aspects movement can be really helpful.
When we have a vocabulary to describe the intensity, length or directionality of a felt experience in movement terms we have better tools to diagnose what is happening and how to make changes.
Take a workplace for example. How many of you deal everyday with ‘a grind’. If work is ‘a grind’ it implies a heavy force that’s direct, likely circular and ongoing.
If you’re “whittling away” at the pile of work on your to do list, there’s an implication that you’re cutting - hopefully away from yourself, and shaving off a little bit at a time with varied, powerful slicing strokes.
“Trending upwards” or “about to launch” are terms that have movement deeply embedded within themselves.
And, woe to the founder who finds their workplace mired, stuck in the mud or even frozen. Things that don’t move and change bog down and die.
So, how’s life moving for you right now?
Note your language. What references to duration, direction and intensity of movement are implied in what you’re saying?
Can you let your description really ‘sink in’?
What happens when you do?
It’s like the old saying goes:
Every time a porcupine farts, the rabbits get jumpy.