CEO Moments - The Power of Momentum
Momentum is something that we all have, at times, and probably often throughout our lives have felt. Not only when we're in the momentum zone, and things are just rolling, but felt as we're starting to get into it. We could feel that the tides shift, and that there's just something changing that you get a little excited about. Your hard-work, whatever you've been doing is starting to pay off. If you're like me, the excitement starts to build. That's a pretty cool feeling for us all.
My story today came from a cool experience that I witnessed just a couple weeks ago, and then I chose to be a part of. So [Rycker 00:00:40] and I were in drive-thru on the way to hockey, had to get him something, and as we all are in Calgary often, we see this homeless dude, sitting there over beside the dumpster. He's sitting there in the cold, he's panhandling, he's got his cardboard, and he's got some kind of message on there, and he's hoping to get some change.
We've all seen this so often, and I'm sure sometimes you've decided to help a little bit, most often, most of us probably drive right by. I'm sitting there, and we're waiting to order, and all of a sudden this guy walks out of the car behind me, and he walks over to the guy, and gives him some change. My son noticed it, and I noticed it, 'cause you don't typically see somebody take the action. You know, it was overly nice, because he got out of his car, he walked over to the guy, the guy gave him a big smile. Well that compelled Rycker to ask me, "Dad, can I do that too?" So I felt a little warm and fuzzy, so I gave him 75 cents to ... and then ... I said, "But you've got to walk over to him." So he did. He went and did that, and the guy gave him a big smile.
Rycker came back happy that he helped in a little way. But then we inched forward, and another car did the same thing behind us, got out of his car, went over there. Then as I was finishing, I was grabbing whatever it was out of the drive-thru, a fourth car had done the same thing. This guy popped out and finished this little chain reaction of events.
So this small act of charity got a little spark of momentum of its own. It wasn't a pay-it-forward kind of chain of events that you normally see in a drive-thru, where one good act then creates somebody who got a good act received to them, then paid-it-forward to somebody else in honor. This was four different independent acts of people building off that first guy's momentum. Was it the smile of that homeless man? Was it the act that somebody was doing something and you wanted to be propelled to do something? I don't know, didn't really matter. But it happened. It was really neat.
Another example of this happening in my world recently, the power of momentum, is within our leadership group. At Redline we're really blessed. I'm blessed as CEO, you guys are obviously blessed as agents to have four acts of leadership here that are really engaged in driving the business forward. When I see things like Kelly posting things late at night to the leadership thread, asking, and posing questions, sharing documents that he's worked on, I get a little jacked up, it fires me up to push, and to do something for the company.
When I see Jeff knocking off some piece of content, or knocking something off of his to-do list in our base camp files, it again puts the fire under my ass a little bit to continue rolling the snowball on and on. See this ... their positive work spurs me to work. Then my work spurs them to work. And thus business momentum is truly formed, implementation happens, and ultimately the end-goal is we're moving the business forward. I know, more so than any other brokerage out there, we're uniquely positioned to best take advantage of the power of momentum.
I say we're best positioned because of the culture that we're creating here. The culture of synergy, collaboration, abundance, not scarcity, this culture where we can ... we care to help, and are happy to hear about others' wins and struggles, we care, we listen, and we have communication channels like Zoom, and Slack, to share openly and easily. Let's build some massive momentum together, right? Let's share those wins. Let's share the good things happening. The things that you've tried and got success on, and scream it from the rooftops, right? Let your voice be heard. Let's use the power of momentum that we are each forming to become small parts of each other's snowball if we can.
If I'm not doing it now, if I'm that person that isn't, and maybe a little more introverted about it, what's holding me back? What is about this scenario, what about it is what your career positioning, what might be holding you back in this regard? Bring it up, and let's get to the root of it. I'm here for you. That's it guys, I think I am a little short, that's my message, the power of momentum.