“The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.”
—Malcolm Gladwell, Tipping Point
“Great leaders create momentum. Great leaders harness momentum.”
—John Maxwell, Law of Momentum
How do you get momentum?
- Cast a vision
- Get a win (start with a small win or sure win)
- Applaud it (make a big deal out of it)
Seven truths about momentum:
- When you have momentum you don’t worry about small problems; they work themselves out.
- Momentum makes leaders look better then they actually are (i.e. coaches).
- Momentum helps followers perform better than they are (i.e. 1980 USA Hockey).
- Momentum is easier to steer than to start (i.e. waterskiing).
- Momentum is the most powerful change agent.
- Momentum is the leader’s responsibility to start.
- Momentum begins inside the leader (i.e. vision, passion, enthusiasm, and energy).
“You cannot kindle a fire in any other heart until it is burning within your own.”