Leverage

Archimedes asserted that if he had a lever long enough he could move the world.

Leverage is the ability to influence a system or an environment in a way that multiplies the outcome of input. In other words, leverage is the advantageous condition of having a small amount of energy yield a high level of return.

We don’t typically apply Archimedes notion of a lever to our lives or our businesses. Instead, we’re stuck in the paradigm derived from Newton’s third law: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. When we choose a desired result, we tend to apply what we theorize is the exact force necessary to move the current condition to the desired one.

Modern physics recognizes other dynamics of change. Chaos Theory demonstrates that some actions produce out-sized reactions. Little actions can yield huge changes – especially when they ripple through a system or environment.

Systems theory says that when we touch one part of a system, we touch them all.

These more recent ways of looking at change do anything but simplify our task as leaders and managers. How can we know the effects of any change when we cannot expect an equal and opposite reaction? When we cannot know how our action will effect every element of the system?

Here are some ideas to consider when you’re looking for leverage to move your organization forward:

First, look deep into your organization to identify root causes. If you’re going to get an out-sized result, or any lasting result at all, you need to make a change that matters. Piddling around with surface issues only mucks up the system as it needlessly burns resources.

You also need to see not only the elements of each system but the connections between them. These dynamics must be managed as we make changes to the elements. One way to accelerate change and make it less painful is to manage the conversations that form the daily fabric of every organization.

Another key to change is to look for low-hanging fruit – those pockets of trouble and waste that can be cleaned up relatively quickly and simply. Successfully dealing with low-hanging fruit creates momentum by freeing resources and demonstrating results.

Practicing this kind of work led me to a much more effective way to identify the best levers for change in any organization. I believe The Field knows the way. My experience shows me that accessing the unseen world for answers and guidance yields magical solutions for implementing change. As I see the wondrous resolutions play out and my faith in The Field grows, my ability to access and apply what I’m learning expands.

That’s what I’m bringing to you through Remote Organization Assessments.

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