Mobilizing Your Organization’s Energy

Escaping the Complacency Trap

What can you do when you find that your company lies in a low-energy zone? Two proven strategies we have identified for unleashing the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral potential of almost any company are what we call slaying the dragon and winning the princess.1 Both strategies emphasize the mobilization of a higher level of productive energy and, in so doing, represent the primary tools for combating the complacency trap, when your company is languishing in a cycle of low positive energy. These two strategies are also effective in fighting resigned inertia and can be used in a variety of situations and combinations, as we’ll show in more detail in this chapter. ...

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