May 22, 2015

Pushing the flywheel


Getting things started is hard work. Often times, you’re not even sure which way is up. There’s a lot of work to do and no progress to talk about. So many meetings, and crossed threads, and nil-sum assumptions, and politicking, and “we already tried that”s and “you can’t paint it blue”s.

Ever so slowly. Things … start … moving. Soul destroying effort, sole wearing foot-work. Any loss of momentum, everything sloooows.

Eventually. You can paint it blue, trying it THIS way DOES work. You work out win-wins that break down barriers, cross chasms and open doors.

In the end, a finish line.

It takes a lot of effort to get started. But if the cause is worth it, so is the effort. The trick then is to pick projects with causes. If you haven’t got one, find one. Give people a reason to sign up, to put their power to the flywheel, to keep pushing.

Fame and glory might do it. Meaningful work always does.

Skippy Strategy: Next time getting started is feeling like too much effort. Remember that even though it sucks, it’s normal. Find the meaning and dig in.