Every leader wants their team to be successful; in addition we all want to have a measure of professional success as well. Success at times can be so elusive, it’s elusive because its measurements aren’t necessarily as quantifiable as say the metrics for which we utilize in our day to day operational measurements. However, it’s incumbent upon us to seek out success and then in turn build on it to create momentum, which in turn will enable us to catalyze organizational development. Jim Collins metaphor of the flywheel is spot on with regards to success and momentum. Every time you have success, momentum builds and turns the flywheel a little more; not only does this benefit us professional or our teams, but it benefits the organization as a whole. When one department or group is flourishing and momentum is created, it spreads like wildfire to the other departments; ergo the need to momentum.
How to Keep and Sustain Momentum:
Analyze the Flaws
It’s common for us to analyze flaws in a failed operation; but we must also analyze the flaws in our success. When we take an objective view even in our success it allows us and our teams to achieve greater heights. Unfortunately it’s human nature to consider everything is fine, when success is happening; greatness will only be achieve when you and your team is analyzing the success through the lens of, “how can we do this better?” By having a mindset where you’re constantly analyzing, it will allow you to maintain momentum, by having continued success.
I can’t say this enough, I know I’ve stated this in previous posts; but feedback loops are essential. The ability of a leader to open himself up and listen to multiple players on his team will allow the leader to get a different and healthy perspective on a situation. This will not only net the results you’re looking for, but also create a culture where people feel energized about the objectives the team is working towards. In addition if your team feels they are being heard they will feel like they have an ownership stake in what happens. Furthermore, when people feel they have an ownership stake in the decision making process they become more passionate and driven about said project.
Look for the Next Wave
What is a wave? Waves are opportunities to succeed and thrive. Just like in surfing, businesses have a wave as well. In surfing you can’t surf without a wave, and the same principle applies in the corporate world. If you’re not looking for the new opportunities on the horizon, momentum will be stalled. People are energized and invigorated by the new opportunities that are out there for them to conquer. To maintain momentum, a leader needs to continue to see the future and lead your team towards that bright future of possibilities.
Success Builds Success
A body in motion, unless otherwise acted upon by external forces, will stay in motion. It’s plain physics, a universal law; it’s the same in the corporate world. When we take action, even small steps, we put things into motion. And subsequently, there is a ripple effect. Occasionally, it’s more than a ripple and sometimes it’s a tsunami and that’s how we get the results we want in our teams and in our careers.