Newton’s Cradle

“An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion.”  – Newton’s 1st Law of Physics.

As a leader it is critical that you create movement towards the future.  It may be towards organizational goals, it may be to drive change in your team, or it may be fueling growth.  Whatever your goals are for your team it takes movement to get there.  If you are struggling to meet the goals then it’s possible that your team has settled into a comfortable rut that is stopping forward progress.  There are many things that can cause this to happen. 

  1. Lack of Direction: People know they need to move forward and yet they are not clear on what directions they should take.
  2. Resistance to Change:  Change is uncomfortable and as humans we like to be comfortable. 
  3. Lack of Resources:  At times it is impossible to perform new tasks because the tools are not available to those who need them.  This can also take the form of insufficient training.

As the leader your job is to get the ball moving.  Once the team starts to make progress towards the goal it’s easier to keep making progress.  Like Newton’s law of physics once the team is in motion it becomes easier to maintain that motion.  The challenge is creating momentum to get things moving. 

  • Give people a clear vision of the future.  Help them see where it is that they are going and help them find the road to take.
  • Make the idea of staying in the current place more uncomfortable than moving to a new situation.  This means creating a sense of urgency for the new action.  Make the new more attractive than the old.
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate and then communicate some more.  Keep talking about the reasons to change, what will be the benefit of changing and how the team will get there. 
  • Make sure training and resources are available as you start the process of movement.  Giving people what they need will ease the transition and remove potential obstacles.

Work to build momentum and as you get things moving you will find it easier to keep moving towards the goal.  Keep the team focused on what they need to do and help them keep moving.  Great things will come from as you move forward.

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