I recently gave a presentation to a MBA class on the Small Wins Way approach to innovation, change and leadership.
I started the conversation by asking them:
Could they recall a small change in their life that led to a big difference?
Here are some of their reflections:
- I started having breakfast each day which that I had more energy throughout the day and I stopped snacking.
- I now don’t look at my email for the first hour of my working day. This means that I can do my best thinking without being interrupted or distracted.
- After your presentation today I am going to try studying for an hour each day so that I have more time to spend with my partner on the week-end.
- I have started walking up the stairs rather than always catching the lift.
- I am waiting for the other person to finish their point before jumping in. This is hard for me but I am trying (sounds like a great win – win to me).
My point is this.
A small difference or change in behaviour done regularly can have a major impact.
Imagine for example, trying to improve by 1% in a particular area. After 1 years this could be a 50% improvement!
Small changes feel empowering and by their nature feel as though you and your team really can make a difference.