In business, as in sports, teams thrive on momentum – which can be a hard thing to put your finger on. You either have it at any given moment, or you don’t.
Sometimes momentum goes the wrong way. If you watched this year’s Super Bowl, you witnessed a huge momentum shift after the lights went out in New Orleans with 13 minutes and 22 seconds left in the game. At the time, the Baltimore Ravens were leading the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 28-6.
Thirty-four minutes later when the lights came back on, momentum shifted dramatically in the 49ers’ favor, and the Ravens’ lead was soon cut to only two points (with a score of 31-29)!
The Ravens managed to pull out a narrow victory (34-31), but sports fans witnessed a huge momentum change almost immediately after play resumed.
Fortunately, in our businesses, we have ways to create our own momentum.
One such way is to develop a meeting pulse throughout your organization. Simply put, the meeting pulse is a process where all issues are smoked out, and everyone is held accountable for getting things done and moving the organization forward.
Essentially, there’s no place to hide. In healthy organizations, people welcome this level of accountability and transparency, because it provides them with purpose and a strong sense of teamwork.
The quest to create a “pulse” in any business starts with committing to weekly “Level 10” meetings with the executive team. The discipline of these meetings (which are held at the same time on the same day each week, with the same agenda, start time, and endtime) fosters trust among team members, reinforcing that everyone is serious about his/her role in the company and that their time is valuable.
Things get done at these meetings. Problems get solved, and companies move forward at a rapid pace. Over time, teams develop their own powerful rhythm and energy that can help transform their organizations.
Add more “pulse” through quarterly and annual goal – planning meetings, and soon you will have created a level of momentum that not even 34 minutes without lights could derail!
When is the last time you took your company’s pulse? Maybe it’s time for an annual check-up!
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