Randori (translated as “making order out of chaos” or “grasping freedom”) is an ancient eastern art. Typically practiced in a number of forms of martial arts, it revolves around 20 principles to manage 6 factors: Mind, Movement, Body, Purpose, Communication, Environment. We’ve taken a little “poetic license” but have come up with the job seekers Randori, or the translation I really like “making order out of chaos”.
Interject, pause and redirect
To adjust an interpersonal situation and engage them more with your randori mind, use atemi and unbalance the situation. Once unbalanced you can easily resolve and redirect it to a resolution.
When you find yourself in a stressful situation, you can resume a more relaxed and balanced mind-set by mentally distracting the source of your stress. There are many forms of mental distractions, from a smile at an unsuspecting person, to a movement or clearing your throat or a statement. The point is to do something socially acceptable but at an unexpected time. The purpose of the unbalancing is to completely, in a moment, shift the focus of the meeting from the path it has taken.
When you unbalance the source of your stress there is a pause in the conversation or situation. You have the opportunity to take a momentary breather from the pace and gather your thoughts. You are now able to continue directing the conversation or situation in a more controlled manner, and guide it back on a productive course.
Greg, an expert Aikido practitioner, had taken these Randori principles and applied them to a business setting, and we thought they applied equally to the job search itself. You can learn more about Randori and Greg at Randorimind.com