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Examples of small wins that can enhance the skills, mindset, productivity & performance of groups and teams

9 ways leaders can celebrate small wins

9 ways leaders can celebrate small wins
One of the features of the small wins approach is the emphasis on celebrating at the end of a project. In fact, part of the reason I like small wins is because the projects are small and frequent, there are there are many more opportunities to celebrate. Remember the win could be the attainment of a goal and/or a new insight or piece of learning. But many leaders don’t know how to celebrate with their group or team. Part of the reason according to BJ Fogg, PhD, Director, Persuasive ... Read more

How small wins can help you achieve a bigger goal.

How small wins can help you achieve a bigger goal.
Our youngest daughter (not her in the picture) is about to obtain her learners car license. It will take her a minimum of 12 months and 120 hours of driving to achieve a provisional license (which has to be recorded in a log book). So the big goal is to obtain her license in 1 year’s time — the first time. It’s a big and important goal for her. But the only way she can get there is through a series of small wins. In no particular order she must learn how to: – Start ... Read more

This small innovative behavior will make a big difference

This small innovative behavior will make a big difference
Creativity and innovation is more than thinking in a different way. It’s also about adopting more innovative behaviors. One of the easiest and simplest behaviors that can have a dramatic impact on your creative and innovative performance is this: Capture Ideas –immediately. It could be your ideas or someone else’s. It doesn’t matter — just capture them. You can write them down, take a photo on your phone or tear them out. The important point is to capture them. ... Read more

Where do big ideas come from?

Where do big ideas come from?
Small ideas. That’s right. Almost every big idea or big success started as a small one. An entrepreneur or small group or team in a large organisation has a small idea they think might work. They test it, measure, learn and share what happens. This is exactly the process I suggest in small wins innovation (i.e. create, test, measure, learn & share). Then they iterate.  Again and again. Over time a small idea can transform into a bigger one. The implications? You can never tell in ... Read more

How small leadership actions can have a big impact

How small leadership actions can have a big impact
In Australian politics at the moment the current Prime Minister Mr Tony Abbott is facing a potential challenge from a number if his rivals. Yet only 1 week ago his position seemed safe and his performance whilst not outstanding was considered adequate. But then he made a decision. A decision in the scheme of things which was quiet small. He decided to offer a knighthood to Prince Philip in the UK. This set off a firestorm of complaints which has led him now fighting for his political life. ... Read more

How do leaders select a small wins project?

How do leaders select a small wins project?
One of the questions I often get asked by leaders is: Where do I start with small wins innovation? Here is one suggestion. Create a 2 by 2 matrix. List say 4 to 8 small projects that you might like to get done in the next 30 days. Divide these into small effort (by the team) or large effort. Then do it again but this time use the criterion — potential impact. Ideally you will have at least 1 project which requires small effort yet can generate a big impact. Start here. You and your ... Read more

What is a key innovative behaviour?

What is a key innovative behaviour?
Creative thinking and innovation success depends on being able to think in a different way. But it is also about behaving in a different way. And one of the key small wins innovative behaviors is searching for new ideas or solutions. Innovation is not a passive process. It is not about hoping for inspiration to strike. Applied creativity and innovation in a commercial setting has time restrictions. In short — you and your team need to search in new places for new solutions. It could ... Read more

How do leaders select a small wins project?

How do leaders select a small wins project?
I am often asked in my workshops and key note speeches on small wins innovation, How do you select a small wins innovation project? My rule of thumb is this: – It should be a problem, opportunity or issue where you can realistically expect to complete the 5 steps in 30 days or less (i.e. create, test, measure, learn and share). - The project is within your control or influence - The project should engage or motivate the team - There are sufficient resources e.g. time, budget or people ... Read more

How a small leadership action can have a big impact

How a small leadership action can have a big impact
I recently came across an interview in the CIO magazine with Shawn Achor, a former Harvard psychology professor on the merits of Emotional Intelligence. One of his suggestions of how leaders could apply this on a practical level really caught my eye. He suggests the leaders write one positive e-mail each morning for 21 days when they opened their inboxes, praising or thanking someone for good work.  According to Achor,  “It’s just a two sentence e-mail. You can increase social ... Read more

How leaders can improve everyday

How leaders can improve everyday
I play soccer (or football) every sunday. Nothing surprising about this really except that I am in my middle 50’s. After every game I go to a cafe and whilst waiting for my scrambled eggs I reflect on the game. I ask myself: What could I have done differently in these situations? 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? ... Read more