Momentum Shifts and How They Happen?
Momentum shifts involve change. Directional, motivational and functional changes bring about shifts in momentum. This article aims to look at what constitutes a momentum shift and how they occur.
What Shifts Momentum?
Sometimes it doesn't take much. I was watching an AFL sporting game the other day. One team was ahead and had all of the momentum for three quarters of the game. All of a sudden things changed. One player turned the game. The others picked up on his energy. The team came from behind and took the win. Sometimes that is all it takes in business as well. One person to make a difference, to be a leader and inspire others. What things shift momentum?
- Goals: Goal setting is easy in sports. It is to win, score, do your best or to finish. In business setting goals channel not only your energies and focus but also the direction and of those around you. Only 1% of the population set out goals, write down them down and review them1. Communicate them clearly to your colleagues and you will increase the chances of fulfilling them.2 Goal setting brings everybody's attention to the task at hand and can help you turn that corner. 121/ , dongoals, Put enough energy into them and you start moving towards them. Money: perhaps in some cases. Yet only a fraction of a few lucky professionals will ever make a decent living out of their chosen sport. In Ironman triathlon for example the overwhelming majority of participants are amateurs, who for some reason have taken time out of their busy work and personal schedule to train for months to swim, bike and run all day.
- Leadership: No leader conforms to a single template but the loyalty, honesty and impact a leader exudes can bring about shifts and change in any company. The leader navigates between the two extremes of being passive and being revolutionary. They have the vision of where the organisation is going and how it is going to arrive at this goal and they know how to communicate this effectively.
- Inspiration: It may be something big or small. Even small things lead to big changes. A simple act of inspiration can turn a sporting event. It can also change a business. Seeing someone do something good or great makes others step back and examine how they can be inspirational also. As well it makes people less resistant to change: If they can get something positive out of this change, surely I can as well.
- Trust: We need to embrace change otherwise we get left behind. Have faith in your leadership group and the powers that be in your business. If they are in positions where they should be, their in depth knowledge of the requirements needed to add value to the company would have been clearly mapped out. Change is an opportunity to learn new skills and find another direction.
1. Professor D.Kohl, Virginia Tech University
2. Mathews, G., Study Backs Up Strategy For Achieving Goals, Dominican University of California, 2010.