Category Archives: Productivity

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

A small program to get rid of the dumb things we do

A small program to get rid of the dumb things we do
An organisation that I do some consulting work for have introduced a program called The Dumb Things We Do. The aim of the program is to highlight then stop the many dumb things that managers and leaders all do (or are asked to do) in an organisation. It is not aimed at any person, group or function but to simply reduce the number of dumb actions or activities. It could be for example, printing off a 60 page report when sending a person a digital file might be more than enough. I love the ... Read more

What are the differences between incremental & small wins innovation?

What are the differences between incremental & small wins innovation?
I was asked yesterday in a workshop I gave to an Executive MBA group, what are the key differences between incremental and small wins innovation? Here is what I said: How the 2 concepts are similar: – Both deal with small changes – Continuous journey – Quick – Cheaper than big disruptive innovation projects – Frequent But the 2 concepts differ significantly in these areas: – Small wins innovation has a broader scope — the aim of small wins is to ... Read more

The new leadership strategy – ‘less is more’

The new leadership strategy – ‘less is more’
McDonald’s according to a recent Huffington Post blog reported that they have started to rationalise their menu. In the 1950’s, when they started there were 9 items, now there are over 100. This has been one of the reasons that McDonald’s profits have been declining. According to the Mike Andres, McDonald’s U.S. CEO; “This menu rationalization process is clearly ongoing,”. So far, the company’s menu changes has led to improved sales and better throughput — a ... Read more

What is the small wins 30 day team challenge?

What is the small wins 30 day team challenge?
Here is a practical and simple way for any team or group to become more innovative. It’s called the small wins 30 day challenge. Innovation and more importantly innovative thinking is a skill that can be learned. And the best way to do this is by practicing it. It’s learning by doing. Have the group select a challenge —  this is a problem, issue or opportunity (e.g. meetings never start on time). Then agree upon a goal (e.g. start every meeting for the next 30 days within ... Read more

How to transfer ideas across different categories or industries?

How to transfer ideas across different categories or industries?
Many people ask me how can I generate so many ideas? It’s not because I am that clever or creative. I use a tool or framework that i have developed. It’s called — Thinking on 2 levels: Whenever I see a new idea or something that catches my interest I ask myself: What is the core or essence of this idea? And what is the expression of this idea? For example: I took this photo above at a book store whilst I was away on holidays. The core of this idea is that customers might ... Read more

What is the most important question a leader can ask?

What is the most important question a leader can ask?
How can I help you? This is the most important leadership question. How can I help you do your job better or achieve your goals (that we have agree together). What time, effort, advice can I give you that will make a difference? It is the one question I suspect that group or team members would love to hear from their leaders. Try it today. It is a small, simple question that can make a world of difference. Read more

As a leader how are you inspiring your team – today?

As a leader how are you inspiring your team – today?
I took this photo when I was roaming around an inspiring aquarium in Singapore. Nature in all its glory was all I needed to feel inspired. But how does a leader inspire their team day in – day out? Here are some random thoughts: - Be consistent I suspect that leaders who are consistent in their values, behaviour and temperament  have a greater chance of inspiring others. Followers will always know where they stand. - Provide a context Inspiring leaders can outline to others how what ... Read more

What is ‘Big I’ innovation & ‘little i’ innovation?

What is ‘Big I’ innovation & ‘little i’ innovation?
Some writers and academics have differentiated between Big C – creativity and little c types. For example, Csikszentmihalyi differentiates between big-C creativity and little-c creativity. ‘The big-C creative person is eminent, a person whose work is well known by people in a particular field. The little-c creative person is not. Big-C creativity leads to the transformation of a domain. Little-c creativity is used in everyday life, as in problem solving.’ This is also a ... Read more

Why innovation is too important to be left to the innovation department

Why innovation is too important to be left to the innovation department
Innovation like quality and customer service is everybody’s responsibility. It is just far too important. But let’s leave the big, disruptive innovation projects to the innovation department. Much like we can leave the ultra marathons to the super fit. But we can all improve our running and enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. Innovative thinking for leaders and groups and teams is exactly the same. We need more creativity to solve customer and client problems in new and ... Read more

How a small wins goal can have a big impact

How a small wins goal can have a big impact
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a small wins goal of reading 2 books every month. It’s a small, tangible, realistic goal. His first book is Moises Naim’s “The End of Power”. This was at No. 44,369 on Amazon’s list of best-selling books — now it has entered the top 10 as a direct result of Zuckerberg’s endorsement. This begs the question. Who might endorse your product or service? And why? It does not have to be someone famous. What ... Read more