Gravity: Do you create or reduce it?

Seth Godin recently wrote a blog post titled, Pole vaulting on Jupiter. The gravity on Jupiter is two and half times greater than earth. So, if you take a great pole vaulter and place them in that environment, they won’t perform well.

Too many organizations and leaders bring on high-performing talent who don’t end up meeting their expectations. It’s easy to brand these people as poor choices or make them wrong for their inability to find their stride inside the company.

Doing this will likely create a revolving door of missed opportunity. Costing you more money, time and effort.

Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts.” So why do so many forget to focus on the bigger picture?

I have both consulted for and worked inside organizations where the ‘gravity’ is significant. Environments driven by leaders who don’t listen and aren’t willing to take accountability for the toxic culture and lack of performance.

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” -Andy Stanley

Then there are leaders who truly understand that they are responsible for creating the conditions for success. They take it upon themselves to reduce the gravity to let their employees and teammates ascend to new heights.

Early in my consulting career, we held a stance that the trail of crumbs for success or failure within an organization led back to the most senior leaders. This still holds true.

When people aren’t performing or are disengaged, it may be due to many things; a lack of direction, unclear goals, poor relationships…etc.

It could also be you. 

Regardless of the reasons behind it, it’s up to you to figure it out.

You can begin to change your environment first, by listening to your employees, asking powerful questions and enrolling them to partner with you to alleviate the gravity.

When you do this, so goes the organization. It’s quite simple if you can put your ego aside, claim responsibility and take the steps to make the changes needed.

Do you create or reduce gravity?