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Controlling Momentum

The single greatest talent to help your idea or company succeed is the ability to control momentum.  

You usually hear about this idea in sports, that the team who can set the pace of play has an advantage as the game then caters to that team's strengths (and quite possibly, the other team's vulnerabilities). 

But it's true in leadership as well. If we can control the speed at which our team works (which doesn't always just mean faster than at present), we can make sure we hit deadlines and maximize energy and ideas. 

If things are going well at work, we can make the decisions to ramp up production or scale it back to control costs.  

Take a page from the playbook of the orchestra conductor and make sure that not only are the right notes being played, but that they are also being played at the correct speed and in the correct order.