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The Momentum Mindset - what does it take to drive performance?

Your organisational goals have been communicated and the team is on board. Objectives are aligned and everyone has a clear understanding of the contribution they are being asked to make. You’ve even set up regular check-ins to support progress. The challenge now is how to keep everything on track, ensuring that all team members feel a collective accountability for building and sustaining the momentum which will ultimately drive performance.

Your ability to hit goals and achieve performance objectives can be adversely impacted by things that can be difficult to see, and even harder to articulate. Conversations that really need to happen, don’t happen. Decisions don’t get made, initiatives stall. Ideas don’t get challenged and opinions don’t get shared. Have you ever stopped to wonder why that is? And what needs to be done to change things?

Despite you incubating a psychologically safe workplace where these things should happen easily, for some reason they don’t.

If you want Psychological Safety to achieve what you hope it will achieve, then you’ll need to invest in giving your people the tools to make the most of it. You need to build the Momentum Mindset. Too often we focus on upskilling our managers when the responsibility for organisational momentum is really a collective one. You can help your people to develop this mindset by upskilling them in a number of key areas.

  • Encourage them to be proactive problem solvers
  • Show them how to stimulate debate, how to facilitate difficult conversations and remove barriers and blockages with collaborative coaching techniques
  • Help them navigate challenging inter-personal dynamics by developing their emotional literacy

What have you found slows you down? Blows you off-course? And what have you done about it?

If you want to make the most of opportunities ahead of you, you need to remove the obstacles that create  organisational drag, and give your people the skills to move forward with momentum.


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