Building momentum takes a mix of the right kind of energy and focus on a team.
If you can balance focus and energy, you get better results. For example, if you have low energy things won’t get done. If you have high energy, but low focus, results may be all over the board.
Focus and Energy Personas
I don’t remember who drew this model on my whiteboard, but I liked it. It’s basically personas for focus and energy. I’ll summarize the four personas for focus and energy like this:
- Procrastinators – Low energy and low focus
- Disengaged – Low energy and high focus
- Distracters – High energy and low focus.
- Purposeful – High energy and high focus
What you want is to guide more people back to high-energy and high-focus.
As Voltaire would say, “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”
I like new lenses — They make an old song new. In this case, the Focus and Energy Personas remind us of the power of focus and how important it is to generate high-energy.
I think “Beware the Busy Manager” (Harvard Business Review) is an interesting article on how these focus and energy personas show up at work.