Category Archives: Productivity

Small wins is the ideal way to develop more productive leaders and teams

How the simple checklist can make a big difference

How the simple checklist can make a big difference
I had to have a blood test recently and on the wall was a checklist for the nurse. It outlined in a step by step way what the health practitioner should and should not do. As a patient I also liked seeing the checklist because I knew what to expect. It was a win – win. It was a form of quality control and productivity check all rolled into one. Who have have thought the simple checklist could prove so invaluable for process type work. A checklist is a powerful example of a small ... Read more

What are the 3 key higher performance areas?

What are the 3 key higher performance areas?
The aim of the small wins way is to provide a mechanism for leaders and their teams to drive higher performance. The key word here is higher not high. With higher there is no ceiling. It is a continuous journey of reaching a higher performance level that you are at the moment. Then pausing and stretching to achieve a new level. And so on. Even if this new performance level is an increase by 1%. What I like about this approach is that it is accessible to all leaders and teams. And can ... Read more

A case study in the power of the 1 percent change

A case study in the power of the 1 percent change
John Longmire is the current coach of the Sydney Swans. The Swans are one of the best teams of a unique game called Australian Rules football. After they won the competition he gave a speech where he reflected on why the Swans became premiers. Here are his key points: 1. Its a continuous journey. I quote. It’s crucial to raise the bar every year and even raise it from week to week. 2. The way to do this is via the ‘one percenters’ The “one percenters’’ are the actions that ... Read more

How to think and work smarter

How to think and work smarter
We have all been told to work smarter not harder. But how do you actually do this? I suspect the starting point is to step back and ask yourself and/or your team a number of questions. The first one is: What is a smarter way to do this? Then work your way through a number of ‘how to’ type questions: Could we for example: – Stop this activity all together? - Can we delegate it? - Have we asked the users (recently) if they still want it? - Can we use technology to help us ... Read more

How you can achieve big goals

How you can achieve big goals
We all have big goals. Our group and team also have collective big goals. For example — it could be to reach a certain stage on our career by a certain age or to earn a certain income or develop a better work – life balance. Or it could be to lose weight or run an event on a certain date. It doesn’t matter what the goal is. We sometimes also have big ideas and maybe were guided by an even bigger vision. But the challenge is to make these a reality. One way is to break down ... Read more

What is a small wins mindset?

What is a small wins mindset?
We all like the big idea or a bold dramatic action. Or the big decision or speech. These are often amazing to experience. But they are infrequent and often limited to a few leaders. There is another path to long-term, systematic and sustainable success. It’s called small wins. But it needs a shift in mindset. Fortunately a small wins mindset can be learned and developed. A small wins mindset believes: – It is better to make a start than continue to plan or over-think. In short ... Read more

The 1 question all future leaders should ask themselves – every day

The 1 question all future leaders should ask themselves – every day
I play golf once a week (also go to the driving range). Nothing surprising about this really. But…………. After every game I go to a cafe and whilst waiting for my scrambled eggs I reflect on my game. I ask myself: What shots could I have played differently today? You see, I still want to improve! When I worked in corporate life I did something similar. At the end of the day when I was travelling home I would ask myself, What could I have done differently today? Perhaps I missed a chance to ... Read more

8 ways to overcome a fear of failure

8 ways to overcome a fear of failure
No-one really wants to fail*. But the fear of failure can be paralysing. Here are 8 practical ways to overcome this fear. 1. Separate the failure from the person Part of the problem with failure is the personal stigma. If you fail, you worry that you will be branded a ‘failure’. Yet this is certainly not the case. Most entrepreneurs, for example, (in the US anyway) view a failed business venture as a badge of honour. Separating failure as an activity from the person might encourage ... Read more

A key innovative behavior – bouncing

A key innovative behavior – bouncing
One of the most important innovative behaviours is what I call ‘bouncing.’ It’s when one person has an idea and they bounce it off another person. The concept of bouncing has a long history in creative collaboration. For example: “We’d sit down and say, ‘OK, what are we going to do?’ and we’d just start off strumming and one or the other of us would kick off some kind of idea and then we’d just develop it and bounce off each other.” – Paul McCartney on his ... Read more

Design Thinking vs Small Wins Process

Design Thinking vs Small Wins Process
Design Thinking is a very powerful process. It has been made famous by the Stanford Design School and organisations such as Ideo. According to some writers the Design Thinking Process consists of 5 steps: – Empathise - Define - Ideate - Prototype and  - Test The small wins process also has 5 steps after a challenge has been defined (i.e. a problem, opportunity, issue etc). – Create - Test - Measure - Learn and  - Share As you can see there are many similarities: – both ... Read more