Know the leadership laws Newton’s Cradle demonstrates

I remember my uncle had this on his desk. As a child I loved to play with it… who am I kidding I still love to play with newton’s cradle.

Until recently I didn’t know why it was called “newton’s cradle” (yes I rolled my eyes AT myself).

Which means not only is it fun to play with – it is a constant reminder that Newton’s laws are critical for solid leadership.

Newton’s third law is: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

>> As an inside sales leader, before you take action – consider what equal and opposite reaction it is going to cause.

>> Perhaps, more importantly, THINK before you have an equal and opposite reaction to what is happening on your team!

The law of inertia states: An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

>> Your team will continue to do… and NOT do… exactly the same things, unless you unbalance them. I guess this means that rocking the boat is a good thing! Make sure you are choosing to unbalance their inertia because it isn’t moving forward toward a successful outcome.

>> When your team IS achieving the results you’re looking for – DON’T exert any force.

>> Make sure you are looking at the individuals as well as the group. If one person needs to be unbalanced, don’t exert force on the team… ONLY apply force to that one inside salesperson.

The law of momentum conservation can be stated as follows. For a collision occurring between object 1 and object 2 in an isolated system, the total momentum of the two objects before the collision is equal to the total momentum of the two objects after the collision.

>> If you want to speed things up; use your time, energy, and effort to increase your team’s momentum by making sure it collides with how they are utilizing their time, energy, and effort. Driving successful momentum by propelling the team forward.

This week make sure you’re applying Newton’s Laws not just playing with his Cradle!

thanks to Google for the explanation of Newton’s laws!


1 Comments to “Know the leadership laws Newton’s Cradle demonstrates”

  1. This is a good read, Lynn. I personally like the third law: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It is natural reaction of people that when you push someone, he’ll push you back. And, when you pull someone on the direction you are going, he goes along. At work, this push and pull forces are results of a leader’s interactions to his team, it is the cause and effect of the leader’s style of leading his team.

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