Category Archives: Higher Performance

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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

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

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

The power of a thank you

The power of a thank you
I love this. Just had my car serviced and there was a little note on the dashboard saying thank you. How wonderful. Such a small, simple but engaging act. How can you apply to your brand, business or group or team? Also if you are a leader make sure you say thank you for any team member that has done something wonderful. It’s a nice example of a win – win. The person saying thank you feels as does the person receiving it. Read more