ABC Resolution: untether


What if you could create your own orbit?

An object in motion stays in motion unless another force is applied. A moving object will maintain its motion in an orbit around a larger mass by the pull of gravity from that object and its own velocity and acceleration. The shape and size of the orbit is determined by the proportional masses of each and inversely proportional to the distance between them. By example, Mercury, with a small mass and close to the Sun, has a smaller orbit. Earth, larger and farther away, has a longer, elliptical orbit. Comets are small in mass, but they are under the influence of other masses. Thus, their orbits enter our solar system less frequently.

There is a popular myth that if people untether from the corporate ship, they will drift away like a planet loose from its sun or an astronaut whose umbilical cord has been cut. But the laws of gravity and motion tell us otherwise. In fact, the laws that govern objects in space also apply to business. Understand these forces and you can make them work for you.

To keep customers, employees, colleagues, consultants, investors, et al orbiting the business, a company has the responsibility to create sufficient mass to keep all objects in motion around it. Too much mass and the objects will get too close, crash and burn. Too little mass and objects with greater mass, such as the competition, will pull them away. Generate a good level, and variety, of mass and all objects will travel freely, under their own velocity and acceleration, in appropriate, productive and engaged orbits.

resolve to: leverage gravity


We all orbit our work and business in some manner. In order to physically untether yourself from your corporate planet or ship and successfully create your own orbit, you must be cognizant of how these universal laws of gravity work in a given situation. The first awareness is understanding that staying in some sort of orbit is a must. If you choose not to orbit, then you have chosen to disassociate yourself from the organization and should find another job. That’s the bad news.

The good news is the types of orbits are unlimited. As in the planet examples above, size and mass change orbits and some orbits may or may not be appropriate for you and your work. Job descriptions, work, personal intent and your skills all play into what kind of orbit you should create. Though your initial orbit may be limited, any one of the aforementioned items may be learned, acquired or redefined in order for you to accomplish your best path of travel.

Another key to success is in understanding, believing in and applying Newton’s three laws of motion. Gravity, force, inertia and mass all play their parts as tools for you to devise the orbit that suits you best. Law #1, if you are moving in an orbit you will stay in motion in that orbit until a force changes it. Forces may be external to you or the corporation or a force you generate yourself. How large or small a force must be applied to change your desired orbit is dependent on your mass and acceleration, Law #2. So give consideration to your size and speed. Just don’t forget the third law, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Gravitational attraction between bodies is universal. As mass, you are a unified body of matter with no specific shape. You are a group of individual parts or elements. A composition of your skills, talents, experiences and perspectives in unspecified size and quantity. As a result, large bodies, or even close bodies, can tend to pull you away. Don’t be fearful of bigger orbits. A long ellipse may work as long as your path returns at some frequency that maintains that orbit.

Untethered work can be very rewarding for both you and the business. Traveling to new or far off places allows for the acquisition of new input, ideas and perceptions, the life blood of most companies and work. Changing orbits can mean bumping into or disturbing other’s path of travel. But with minor adjustments, all can stay in a happy and free-flowing orbit.

resolve to: leverage motion