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Movement. That’s all it takes to be alive.

And yet, we tend to have a love and hate relationship with movement. When movement take us away from problem, we love it. When it takes away our complacency and put ourselves in uncertainty, we hate it.

In organization, movement is a paradoxical aspect. It gives power, and it takes power. Most of the time, everyone in the organization experience this. But, most of the times, they also fail to recognize it. In fact, most of them only see movement as something that takes their power out of them, instead of giving them a new power.

And some of you may already learned the most interesting part of power: The way you see it defines its existence!

In organization and business in general, we can see movement in many forms. The most common form of movement is the coming of new people. The other form is changing position/rotation and relocation. In general, movement in organization is about having new people to work and new environment to work in, and the inevitable new ways of working as a consequence of the earlier. This, for many, is a disturbance to the establishment and contentment. Movement is seen as a situation that provokes uncertainty and is creating a feeling of insecurity and instability. Movement changes the power dynamic within the organization.

Therefore, many feels anxious, or irritated, or even threaten by movement. When movement happens in organization, most people will start asking questions out of suspicion. Hence, movement make some people feel powerless. But some others see it as an opportunity.

If we see ourself as powerless, then we are definitely powerless. If we see ourselves as losing power, then we are really losing our power. If we see it differently, then we are actually transforming our power. This also applies with the power dynamic in organizational movement. If we see that movement is opportunity to reconstruct the power dynamic, then we are expanding our power.

The way we see movement decides whether our power is decreasing, or expanding. Obviously, I’m an advocate of the latter. Any movement gives energy, a disruptive effect to the current establishment. This bring back negotiation into the table, and possibility for improvement is at its highest potential.

The only question that matter is: What will we do when movement is in occurrence?

10 thoughts on “Movement

  1. I’m also an advocate of movements as way to expand my power!
    Well, you stated it clearly – that some people are just too afraid to grow and ‘move their butt’ because moving out from their comfort zone is a killing, Too bad – they will miss heaps of opportunities, while they only need to train some brain muscles.

  2. The answer of you question is written on your article. Should see thing as differently as have an extra power rather than loosing power. It’s all in our mind,,, 😀

  3. I like this article ^^ sometime people doubting themselves and affraid to take some movement, but after that they feel disappointed cause not taked that opportunity…. I have experienced like that too, but I wanna ask something “how do we know if we are realy ready for some movement ?” for example , someone who start his new business and unexpecting a great success at first ,so he / she can’t handle it well , the impact sometime he/she can’t sustaining his/her business……????

    1. Allow me to quote you there….“how do we know if we are really ready for some movement ?”

      You see, the answer is in the question itself: We will never know whether we are ready or not, unless we try it 🙂
      Readiness is about put things into action. It is not something we can find out just by playing with ideas. And, there will alway be a gap between espoused theries and ideas with implementation of theory or idea.
      Shocks, frustrations and suprises are natural forms of that gap. Readiness only exist in a state where someone can accept and embrace this gap, and able to adjust to whatever incoming consequences.

      What do you think?

  4. I think readiness is about we make some preparation first, like plan A plan B, bla bla bla… and then do it, but I just wondering how do we know if we are really ready for it? from all the comments I readed, I think that we just need to be very brave to make some movement, it’s just like gambling, wether it gonna be bad or good result, we just put our faith and passion into it, and have a positive perspective about our power ^^ ehehehehhe thank you for this article ^^

    1. Well, I agree with the brave part….but not with the gambling part 🙂
      Good and bad results depends on how we handle things, how we adapt to movement. So, first of all, calculation and plan is necessary.
      However, we also need to realize that a lot of things come in play, and therefore, we may not be able to fully implement our plan. To realize and accept this, faith and passion can become good supports.
      But, if we rely only to faith and passion without calculation and plan, that’s gambling….even though using the word ‘faith and passion’ 🙂

      The point is, Lenny, I believe readiness is a adjustable plan with a clear intention toward a specific objective. It’s not just go with the flow without clear orientation and hoping that things will become good by itself. It is neither a rigid attitude toward certain things without embracing the complexity of the situation.

  5. ow…..I see…thank u very much mr.james ^^, by the way your answer is similar with what my oldest brother said to me ahahaha, so I get the point now ^^ thank u thank u ^^

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