Source: Harvard Business Review
Published: August 2009
Everything looks like a failure in the middle
Ever doubt a project mid-implementation?
According to Kanter’s Law, major changes look like failure in the middle. Initiatives run into trouble when momentum slows and conflicts surface.
“Everyone loves inspiring beginnings and happy endings; it is just the middles that involve hard work.” – Rosabeth Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor
In moments of doubt, leaders should:
- Tune in to the environment. What’s changed since the project began? Is the problem still relevant?
- Check the vision. Is the idea still exciting? (e.g., re-read the PR/FAQ as a team)
- Examine progress. Are there early measurable indicators of success?
- Search for synergies. Can the initiative bolster other internal or external projects?