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What Is the Law of Two Feet

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“You have a brain in your head. You have your feet in your shoes. You can head in the direction of your choice. When it comes to roles, tasks or projects, I think we can still enforce this law, but with careful planning. When we start a new task or role, the learning part at the beginning is usually high and as you move forward, there will be a time when you feel like you have reached saturation when the contribution seems to be at a good level. In my opinion, this is the stage where you should start planning and move forward on a path that brings the exponential contribution factor back to learning. Of course, moving may come with some risks, but the benefits usually outweigh the risks in such scenarios if the transition is carefully planned. However, the transition certainly shouldn`t jeopardize the current setup, so whatever is needed to fill this position should be managed smoothly. Yes, it`s hard to leave something you`re good at, but it`s worth letting go when there`s an imbalance in the learning/contribution ratio. I don`t know if I should say, “I wish I had worked where you work” or “It doesn`t work that way in the real world.” I`ve worked in many places where, if you practice the two-foot rule, you`re encouraged to use those two feet right outside the door. The concept was first introduced to me on the Fedora Project wiki. The marketing organization Fedora holds regular meetings, mostly via online chat, and they post notes on the wiki. Their session policies mention the law of both feet and urge contributors to use their best judgment about which sessions they choose to attend, attend or not.

I recently came across an interesting concept: the law of both feet. Brilliantly simple, he says that whenever you`re in a meeting where you`re not contributing or adding value, you`re encouraged to use your own two feet and find a place where you can. In other words, if it doesn`t make sense and you`re not doing your part to make it meaningful, go for it. In my opinion, continuous learning and contribution are the key to professional growth. It is important to apply the concept of “law of both feet” to as many scenarios as possible in our professional life, whether to our daily lives or to our tasks or projects. I have adopted this principle in almost all cases and I personally feel very advantaged. How funny))) All the time I misunderstood the concept. I thought a two-foot law means that whenever you feel like you`re The bottom line is that a small business owner understands and recognizes the changes and is part of them. Not sitting and watching and refusing to move their two feet because they are no longer learning or contributing. I first discovered this concept a few years ago during a non-conference. I understood that this concept was introduced by Harrison Owen, a member of an organization that advocates for open space technology. The law of both feet states that if at any time during a meeting or event a person feels that they are not learning or contributing, they have a responsibility to get up and move, use both your feet to move on to something interesting.

That concept has kind of stayed with me ever since. The law of both feet is perhaps the most powerful law I try to follow – at a conference or in life in general. But it`s not always easy to execute – for example, I`ve spent enough time in a work environment to affect both my personal and emotional well-being – with very little gain (other than the convenience of knowing I`ll receive a paycheck at the end of each month). I was also the target of someone who didn`t use his 2 feet – when they later told me they thought it was rude to leave in the middle of my session. I was really disappointed that this person didn`t feel brave enough to use both feet and add value elsewhere, but I hope they feel more empowered to do so now. This place could be another group or session, take a break and cool off, or just get some fresh air and sun. Whatever happens, don`t sit there feeling unhappy as if you were unhappy, it will contradict your experience and that of the other members of the group. I am faced with this dilemma. If people leave at the first sign of trouble, will they grow and learn? The funny thing is that stating the law with both feet does NOT require people to stand up and walk at the first sign of conflict. Paradoxically, people are more likely and certainly more likely to remain more open and constructive if they know it`s okay to leave – even if they don`t use that option.

Being in a difficult situation becomes infinitely worse when you know you can`t get out of it. If, at some point, you find yourself in a situation where you are not learning or contributing: use your two feet and go somewhere else. If you look at Wikipedia, Harrison Owen seems to appreciate the law of both feet. I don`t know who he is, but what I like about the law of both feet is that it`s practical and makes perfect sense, especially for business owners. So I hear you ask: What is the law of the two feet? I think for both feet to work, managers need to schedule shorter “project-specific” meetings and shorter, boring meetings like “whole department, discuss each project.” I was very interested to read all the different perspectives of people who have tried to apply self-organized community principles to their meetings and projects, and others who would like to try. Especially for those where it didn`t work, what do you think would have needed to have changed in the organization to make it work? I think Annamarie really struck a bell when she talked about the right conditions and the cultural climate that needs to be in place to support these kinds of principles. Inspired by a question on OSlist (the open-space mailing list), I wrote the following observations about the law of both feet. The law of two feet states that in open-space meetings, whenever you feel like you`re not learning and contributing, you can use both feet to go somewhere else. In short, this law states that each individual has two feet and must be ready to use them. The responsibility for the success of an Open Space event rests with one person – each participant.