We can all relate to our favorite sporting events, when one team begins to build on small or sudden success. They capture the moment, then leverage that positive feeling. Momentum shifts and the one who has it presses forward. If there is enough energy behind it, momentum can swiftly shift the entire contest to the win column. As a spectator at a live event, you can feed off that feeling and even infuse your energy to the team. The skill and training must be there, but momentum converts those elements into victory. The force of momentum on team effort is exponential. It is a Force Multiplier.
Momentum is also elusive. It can shift and disappear as quickly as it appeared, depending on what the competition does or the effects of external forces. To sustain momentum is the secret of success. True momentum isn't the result of adrenaline; it’s derived from a more renewable energy source.
In a business setting, where does momentum start? How does it form and what makes it grow? What sustains momentum? From what I've experienced through the years, momentum starts when something good happens within a team, however small. To take hold, however, momentum depends on another essential element: Shared Purpose. If a team doesn't share its collective goals and visualize the destination, a spark will never create a fire. Momentum requires fuel to create power.
Fuel comes in the form of Disciplined Execution. When each team member knows, almost instinctively, what to contribute and when, good things begin to happen. Those good things generate momentum and one good thing leads to another. Before you know it, a cohesive and committed team gets on a roll, gaining trust and confidence in one another along the way. It's all about the team, not the efforts of only one team member. The results can be exponential and the ride thrilling!
You can't watch momentum, though you can surely feel it and observe the results produced. It's what makes doing good business fun!
Momentum empowers high-performing teams to enjoy the journey and creates tremendous value along the way.