Category Archives: Productivity

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

What is Mark Zuckerberg’s small wins goal?

What is Mark Zuckerberg’s small wins goal?
One of the starting points for small wins innovation is for every individual leader to regularly set themselves small goals. Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has just started doing something similar. His goal (after consultation with a Facebook community) is to: “My challenge for 2015 is to read a new book every other week — with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.” He has embraced other similar smaller goals such ... Read more

Why surfing is an insightful metaphor for innovation

Why surfing is an insightful metaphor for innovation
Surfing! Here’s why. 1. Freedom within limits With surfing there is an almost unlimited scope on a wave to do anything you want. There are no rules. But there are limits. You must have a board, some fitness, arm strength and ideally know how to swim for example. The same with innovation –  groups and teams can create almost anything but there are limits in terms of money, time, people, brand values etc. 2. It’s continuous Waves never stop. Nor does our imagination. Leaders ... Read more

How to see new ideas everywhere

How to see new ideas everywhere
I have changed. I used to be on the hunt for and speak glowingly about the need for big ideas. But i had been ignoring the numerous, small, appetising ideas that are all around. So now that I look for and value smaller ideas – I see them everywhere. Experience it for yourself. Walk into into any store or business or organisation and ask yourself – what is one thing these guys do well? What is one small idea I can borrow, adapt or learn from? If you do this every working day you ... Read more

As a leader did your team have a few small wins today?

As a leader did your team have a few small wins today?
Research by Teresa Amabile suggests that helping people make even the smallest progress towards some goal is highly motivating. This insight is behind much of my work on small wins innovation. Ask yourself — did my team or group have a small wins today? Did we make some progress? It could be for example — we made a good decision or everyone contributed in a group exercise or people were buzzing with new ideas or solutions. Small wins everyday is the key to building a more ... Read more

How to celebrate innovation success

How to celebrate innovation success
I am surprised how often leaders in my workshop as me how to celebrate innovation success? I suspect that part of the problem is that with disruptive innovation — success happens so infrequently so they are just out of practice. Leaders are also time-poor and no sooner have they finished one project then they move on to the next one. Or perhaps leaders just forget to celebrate significant milestones. With small wins innovation the emphasis is different. In fact, the last 2 steps in ... Read more

What is your small wins goal today?

What is your small wins goal today?
It could be to get started on a project. Or to be on time for every meeting. Or to ask an insightful question in a presentation. Or to offer a word of encouragement to someone. It doesn’t matter what it is but having a small wins goal and achieving it will make you feel better today. Repeat. Every day for the next 30 days. Congratulations — you have created a powerful life -affirming habit. Read more

Want a big idea? Start with a small one

Want a big idea? Start with a small one
We often only know when we have a big idea when it is successful. In other-words it is big only in retrospect. Consider the world-wide success of the ice cream brand  Ben & Jerry’s. According to their web site: With a $5 correspondence course in ice cream-making from Penn State and a $12,000 investment ($4,000 of it borrowed), Ben and Jerry open their first ice cream scoop shop in a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont. That’s right. They started small. And then over ... Read more

How small changes can help you reach a bigger goal

How small changes can help you reach a bigger goal
I love this TED talk by Kelly McGonigal a psychologist at Stanford University on goal setting. In particular her emphasis on making small changes that can help you achieve a bigger goal. In Kelly’s words': “People often get lost thinking they have to change everything all at once,” says McGonigal. “But small changes can pave the way for bigger changes.” Ask yourself, what is the smallest thing I can do today that helps me reach my goal? For example, if you’re shy and you want to be ... Read more

The new mantra for leaders and their teams

The new mantra for leaders and their teams
I am reading a powerful new book by Mark McClusky called: Faster, higher, stronger – How sports science is creating a new generation of superatletes and what we can learn from them. The idea is that small, continuous improvements in training, diet, coaching, equipment etc — sports people are performing at a higher and higher levels. He argues the reason athletes have to do this is the era of massive leaps is over. There is a new game in town — small improvements stacked on ... Read more

How even small wins can motivate, energise your team

How even small wins can motivate, energise your team
I have long been a fan of Harvard Professor Teresa M. Amabile and in particular  her concept of the progress principle. This is how she explains the concept. Through exhaustive analysis of diaries kept by knowledge workers, we discovered the progress principle: Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And the more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more ... Read more