You can tell the moment you set foot in a place – your local café, the little restaurant around the corner, your mates office a few blocks away or a clients company headquarters – you can pick up on the vibe, the morale, the general buzz of the place. You don’t need anyone to spell it out for you – you can just tell how people feel about working there. You can tell if they love it or loathe it. You can tell if they feel energised to be there or are counting the minutes ‘til they can “bundy” off. You can tell if there’s good team morale (or not) and it’s good team morale and belief in your team that contributes momentum. Momentum is the only difference between winning and losing. Effective leaders understand the need to create momentum and importance of keeping it. Momentum is precious and you won’t always have it.
To create momentum you need to develop morale in your organisation.
Your attitude as the leader, the culture you create and the ability for the people you lead to grow will ultimately lead to momentum.
As the leader, how is your attitude?
What type of culture are you developing?
Are the people you have around you growing?
When you look at the current level of morale, how would you rate it?
How tight is your team?
Is there excitement?
Is there belief?
Is there positive energy?
Without energy and without high morale, you will not create momentum.
To develop forward movement in your organisation, you need a strategic plan.
Do you have a strategic plan? Do you have written goals?
Momentum is created when you have the right chemistry and you have the right energy within the team you lead. Ultimately, momentum will change the direction of your business.
What are you doing to create chemistry and energy?
You create energy and chemistry in your team one on one. To build a successful organisation, you build it on one one. The One on One process is key to building a successful team and a successful organisation.
How many One On Ones do you do weekly?
How many do you do monthly to create chemistry and energy?
This has been key strategy for me to create momentum. I have a client whose business is 15 times larger in 5 years and they largely attribute this to me conducting 750 One On Ones with their team – with everyone from the Business Owners down. A benefit of this process is the change in thinking that occurs when you stimulate and agitate Leadership growth within individuals. Conflict resolution is part of this process because when the heart and spirit of a human being is negative it will damage momentum. Can I encourage you to do more One On Ones! They are effective! If you don’t know where to start, consult a Leadership Mentor – an outside perspective is very valuable.
When you create momentum, the team you lead becomes more effective. There are fewer mistakes made. Momentum is a catalyst for change as it creates higher belief and greater conviction to the vision. Momentum results in change.
Your responsibility as a leader is to create change. Leading is about bringing change and momentum speeds up the change process. There are many advantages to having momentum. If you want to lead for growth you must create momentum. When you have momentum, solutions to problems are more effective as team members are more engaged in what they’re doing. When you have momentum, people grow and emerge as potential leaders. If you want to protect the momentum you are creating as the leader, you need to be aware of doubt and confusion. Doubt and confusion kills momentum.
Is there clarity with the team you lead?
Do team members know their individual leadership responsibilities, their roles, their priorities and what they’re responsible for?
You need to be aware of complacency. To create momentum you don’t want complacency. You want people striving to be the best they can be. If you don’t have a plan, if there is no direction, it means the team you lead has no purpose. This will be counter productive to creating momentum.
Does egotism exist?
Are people more concerned about being recognised and spoken about than being effective and productive?
Does procrastination exist?
What decisions are you holding off on that must be made to create momentum?
Are you prepared to take a chance?
Do you come up with solutions to problems that must be solved?
To create momentum, it needs honesty. It’s about being honest with you as the leader. The first person to cause the leader problems is themselves.
What do you need to be honest about as the leader?
What do you need to change?
What do you need to do differently?
It’s about being honest with the team you lead. It’s about being honest with what you must change as the leader and what the team you lead must change, to create momentum.
Is the team aware of where they need to grow?
Without honesty, you will not create momentum.
Leadership is a responsibility. You need to accept the responsibility of leading the team. To create momentum you first must accept responsibility for your leadership role.
What are your current leadership responsibilities to lead for growth?
Do you accept the responsibilities to lead for growth?
Do you want the responsibilities of leadership?
Do you really want to be the leader?
If so, what responsibilities have you not accepted that you must now accept, to create momentum?
Momentum is the difference between surviving and thriving. It takes hard work to get it and hard work to keep it, but it’s what gives you the competitive advantage in the market place. Momentum takes time to build; like many droplets of water make a waterfall, many consistent actions, big and small, over time will build momentum!