How much energy does a pack of killer whales have? They thrive on one another, often moving into a feeding frenzy when they smell blood in the water. Given the opportunity to feed, they take advantage of it. What is even more interesting is that they hunt as a pack, as well; stalking, creating feints, bold flanking movements are all in their playbook.
My friend Luis Rivera, a US Army Colonel stationed in Korea, recently sent me an article detailing the importance of energy in organizations. He knows what that means, after all, he’s postured on the frontier of freedom.
Energy is an important part of leading a great organization. It’s contagious. When leaders can build and sustain energy in their teams they create excitement and enthusiasm. This, in turn, begets more enthusiasm. And when the team senses an opportunity, the feeding frenzy ensues.
One of the greatest challenges to this is to create an anticipatory environment that allows said energy to focus on finding and exploiting opportunities. Many organizations tout being a “predictive” organization, which, by definition, amounts to a little more than guessing.
Anticipatory teams understand their environment so well that a small change in the environment creates a gap in their thinking they know demands an answer. Because they understand their environment, they have done their homework and can effectively activate the part of their brain that controls what enters their brain – or not.
The Reticular Activating System helps filter the information we need and ignores the rest. It helps us focus on the subtle changes in our environment that present opportunities. When these opportunities present themselves, the team filled with energy is postured to leverage them. They have the right leaders, the right systems, and the right teams established and ready to feed.
Organizations with the right energy enthusiastically observe their environment, daring it to change in anticipation of what they will do when it does. They have postured the right leaders, systems, and teams to take advantage of opportunities. They patrol their environment like a pack of killer whales sniffing for blood; stalking, flanking, posturing for the opportunity to feed.
Are you building an anticipatory team filled with energy, postured to strike?