Category Archives: Leaders

Examples of how leaders can apply small wins to their team – everyday.

It’s the small, everyday leadership actions that make the real difference

It’s the small, everyday leadership actions that make the real difference
Leadership and the Butterfly Effect: The term ‘butterfly effect’ was first coined by Edward Norton Lorenz (23 May 1917 – 16 April 2008). Lorenz was an American mathematician and meteorologist and a pioneer of chaos theory. The butterfly effect, according to Wikepedia is: In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependency on initial conditions in which a small change at one place in a deterministic in a nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later ... Read more

What about 1 small act of kindness each day

What about 1 small act of kindness each day
*This post was inspired by the actions of a Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy (D). As the anniversary of the Newtown shootings approaches, he decided to do something different to honor the memory of those who lost their lives: spend his day on small acts of kindness. Inspired by a Newtown student who performed 26 acts of kindness, each one representing a child or teacher killed by gunman Adam Lanza, Sen. Chris Murphy (D) spent an entire day driving around the state performing the same number ... Read more

What is your 1% goal in the next 30 days?

What is your 1% goal in the next 30 days?
Here is a great way to start the small wins innovation process. Select one aspect of your life. e.g. making more new business calls If you are a leader select a team goal e.g. starting meetings on time Now try and improve upon it by 1% in the next 30 days. The small wins innovation process is an ideal way for you to achieve this (i.e. create, test, measure, learn & share). In the next 30 days select another 1% goal. Encourage others to do the same. Create a 1% movement in your ... Read more

A real case study of a small change that saved thousands of dollars

A real case study of a small change that saved thousands of dollars
Here is a powerful example of the power of small wins that I found in Personnel Today. Sometimes the smallest ideas make a significant difference. At Sainsbury’s, someone on the shop floor worked out that while the popularity of mangoes went up after a “two for £2.50″ deal, the packaging they came in accommodated five mangoes, so there tended to be a lot of wastage because of the odd number. Repackaging the fruit so it came in boxes of six has saved the company around £60,000 – all thanks ... Read more

The 4 P’s of small wins innovation

The 4 P’s of small wins innovation
Here are the 4 P’s of small wins innovation: Purpose – to continually try and make a small difference to people’s lives (the why). Problem — Innovation starts with a specific issue, challenge, opportunity or a new question (i.e. the what). People – Small passionate & energised teams with a formal or informal leader (i.e. the who) Process — this is the ‘how’ of small wins innovation (i.e. 5 steps — create, test, measure, learn & ... Read more

Note to all leaders – pay your invoices on time

Note to all leaders – pay your invoices on time
Here is another example of a small loss (rather than a small win). I recently completed 2 assignments for 2 large companies. I received on both occasions wonderful feedback. I duly sent my agreed invoices in and for the past 8 weeks i have been chasing these same leaders for payment. Suddenly it is not their responsibility. I was promised payment by certain dates which were then broken. I am still waiting. A small loss if ever there was one. If your a leader and your partner, supplier or ... Read more

How to nudge consumer behaviour

How to nudge consumer behaviour
According to the UK Behavioural Insights Team if you want to bring about a change in behaviour you need to make it: EAST – Easy - Attractive - Social - Timely. Here is a lovely small wins example of EAST in action. There is now no excuse for dog owners to pick up their dog’s droppings. By providing free plastic bags the council has made it easy, timely and there is social pressure among other dog owners and park users. If you want to change behaviour of your team or customer ... Read more

How to kick-start the small wins innovation process

How to kick-start the small wins innovation process
Innovation can start by asking a new question. It can also start with a problem, challenge or issue. For example: I recently worked with a group of managers for a charity and their leader wanted to kick-start the small wins innovation process. She asked them to: Outline one small issue within your daily work where there is room for improvement. It should not be a major strategic issue. But one that if fixed will cause a minor improvement in efficiency, income, impact etc. After they had ... Read more