Category Archives: Teams

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

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

Who can nudge the purchase decision?

Who can nudge the purchase decision?
The sales person. Or the waiter. Or the customer service representative. Or the agent…. It only takes a quiet word to influence your decision. I wouldn’t buy that sir/madam for these reasons……. I have had no problem with this product ever etc. It just takes a small nudge. Identifying these nudge points are a great starting point for any small wins innovation process. 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

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

Here’s a nice example of a win – win

Here’s a nice example of a win – win
Customers and consumers increasingly want brands and businesses to do ‘the right thing’. I suspect this has become a bare minimum nowadays. They also would like them to be a ‘good guy‘ — to make some small contribution that helps others. The photograph is a lovely example of a win – win The cause wins (with new shoes) and consumers, retailers and employees also win because they feel better about the brand. 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