alacrity in action
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I’m reading Flow at the moment, I’m looking at whats going on at Stoos, I’m recalling my different work experiences… and I’m thinking what might be wrong with the world at work.

Perhaps the problem with management these days is not just a problem of management. What if we also contributed by accepting the unacceptable status quo, by remaining silent when we should speak up, by holding on to a job we should have left long time ago? By forgoing the fundamental rights we should have had at work? Like these rights that just came to my mind:

  • right to respect and dignity
  • right to express my opinion
  • right to influence my work
  • right to enjoy my work
  • right to be happy

Yes. I have a right to enjoy my work. If I don’t enjoy my work it is my duty to speak up. It is my duty to take action, support change or leave the current employer. Regardless of my position, regardless of my title, regardless of my responsibilities.

I think of these rights not only as entitlement though, but also as an opportunity, a challenge, an obligation (via @auxbuss) and a direction. I can’t expect these to just happen to me, I have to consciously invest my psychic energy to continually improve in the direction they indicate.

What if we all did that?


  1. I worked for a quite disfunctional company and had a very command and control manager. He used divide and conquer techniques and micro managed everyone, causing a real drop in motivation and performance. I had not realised at first that most of the team were already demotivated, so no one else spoke up for themselves enough to make a change for the better.

    After a while I tok the opinion that thing were unlikely to improve so just decided to leave. I was amazed and pleased at the outcome this produced. During my 4 week notice period I was able to give another member of the team confidence to find a much better job and they left 2 weeks later. A couple of weeks after we both left the manager was let go, partly due to our standing up and feedback at the exit interview.

    This action gave me the confidence to stand up for myself in a work scenario, although it helps that I have a great manager to work for who encourages me to speak up formyself

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