Momentum is a tricky thing. It can be positive or negative. Positive momentum is movement forward in the right direction, negative momentum is moving in the wrong direction. Positive momentum leads to growth, negative momentum leads to death. The more momentum there is the quicker either will happen.
Every organization has momentum – I really don’t believe there is any such thing as the “status quo”. When you are maintaining the “status quo” all you’re really doing is slowing negative momentum. Here’s the thing – negative momentum happens when you do nothing. Positive momentum takes a lot of energy to get going and a constant addition of energy to keep it going. The key to keeping positive momentum is to focus your energy on the right things:
- Identify the momentum killers in your organization and deal with them. Quickly. The sooner you do so, the longer the positive momentum will continue and the less energy you’ll expend to keep it going. This requires the ability to see down the road and anticipate the things that might slow your positive momentum.
- Identify the momentum builders and release them. Ask the question, “What is keeping my momentum builders from building?”
- Don’t get caught in the trap of “maintaining” the momentum. That is the biggest killer of positive momentum.
- Do “maximize” the momentum – what is the momentum enabling you to do? If it enables something that builds on where the momentum has brought you then go for it.