Using momentum as leverage to drive value

Ashokk N Menon
November 14, 2023

Ever feel like going to work is like facing off against a much larger opponent?

Some problems seem too big for any amount of skill and motivation to overcome.

And when those problems stack up one after another? You can feel like you're about to be crushed!

But what if we could do what Steven Segal does in movies instead?

No matter how many enemies, the ease with which he pushes and deflects attackers and keeps plodding on to achieve his goal..and lesser effort at that!

I took inspiration from this quote from Moreihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido (O Sensei),

"Large does not always defeat little. Little can become large by constant building; large can become little by falling apart"

I understood it more, once I actually started learning Aikido, taking and giving practice..

The theory -

"Use inertia of the opponent against them, deprive them of equilibrium, create an unbalance at which point they cannot focus on building another point of leverage"

And to execute you need 3 things

1.     a sense of space

2.     a sense of proportion and

3.     a sense of timing

Of course, starts with the foundation of knowing yourself and being clear about where you want to go..

And when you are able to bring all of this together, you have a technique that you can execute to deliver brilliance!

So that idea, that you were working on, stress tested and ready to roll can become a reality!

You just need to find the audience, observe them, find the right timing, the forum, supporters, position the conversation and idea and convert them one by one..

All you need to do is be prepared

Like O Sensei says,

"In Aikido we never attack.

An attack is proof that one is out of control.

Never run away from any kind of challenge, but do not try to suppress or control an opponent unnaturally.

Let attackers come anyway they like and then blend with them. Never chase after opponents.

Redirect each attack and get firmly behind it"

About the Author
Ashokk N Menon

For more than 20 years, Ashok has led procurement both in industry and as a consultant. In executing over 100 projects for global brands, he discovered a passion for developing the talents of people early in their procurement careers and unlocking significant benefits for companies and executives