16. The Law of the Big Mo

The Law of the Big Mo: Momentum is a Leader’s Best Friend

If you’ve got all the passion, tools, and people you need to fulfill a great vision, yet you can’t seem to get your organization moving and going in the right direction, you’re dead in the water as a leader. p. 193

These laws seem to just be coming right on time. With the PRI team, we’re building some momentum! The key is to keep it moving. Maybe this law will help us build more and more Mo.

When you’ve got great momentum, you don’t want to do anything to get in its way. p. 197

We take a walk through the maturation of Pixar and animated film as the innovators of the technology struggled to get things going. But Toy Story was the first big animated hit created by Pixar and Disney, and ever since, things have been expanding rapidly! All thanks to the leadership and resilience of Catmull and Lasseter.

Many times momentum is the only thing that makes the difference between losing and winning. p. 197

  1. Momentum is the Great Exaggerator- When you have momentum, you don’t worry about small problems, and many larger ones seem to work themselves out.
  2. Momentum Makes Leaders Look Better than They Are- Once a leader creates some success for his organization and develops career momentum, then people give him more credit than he deserves.
  3. Momentum Helps Followers Perform Better Than They Are- Even average people can perform far above average in an organization with great momentum.
  4. Momentum is Easier to Steer than to Start- Getting started is a struggle, but once you’re moving forward, you can really start to do some amazing things.
  5. Momentum is the Most Powerful Change Agent- Given enough momentum, nearly any kind of change is possible in an organization. People like to get on a winning bandwagon. Followers trust leaders with a proven track record. They accept changes from people who have led them to victory before. Momentum puts victory within reach.
  6. Momentum is the Leader’s Responsibility- It takes a leader to create momentum. But creating momentum requires someone who has vision, can assemble a good team, and motivates others.
  7. Momentum Begins Inside the Leader- If you don’t believe in the vision and enthusiastically pursue it, doing all that you can to bring it to fruition, then you won’t start making the small gains required to get the ball rolling. However, if you model enthusiasm to your people day in and day out, you attract like-minded people to your team, department, or organization and motivate them to achieve. You will begin to see forward progress. Once you do, you will begin to generate momentum.


  1. I will do better about being passionate about the vision, displaying enthusiasm at all times, motivating others even when I don’t feel like it, and modeling the attitude and work ethic that I would like to see in others. I will display character leadership.
  2. The only things that I can think of that cause people to lose passion and enthusiasm in PRI are rescheduled appointments, poor exam grades, intimidation by on-boarding, self-doubt, low activity levels, and life events. Most of these can be solved by pure determination and discipline.
  3. “To encourage momentum, you need to help your people celebrate their accomplishments. Make it a regular practice to honor people who move the ball forward. You want to continually praise effort but reward accomplishments. The more you reward success, the more people will strive for it.”

About Ernest Levert Jr.

Aspiring Servant-Leader studying engineering principles, financial stewardship, business management, and psychology fundamentals in order to cultivate passionate leadership, disseminate positive energy, uplift the community and ultimately create a brighter future for generations to come.
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