Tag Archives: Higher performance

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

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 can you learn about small wins from Rafael Nadal?

What can you learn about small wins from Rafael Nadal?
Rafael Nadal is already one of the great tennis players of all time. But he like all other sportspeople has to come back from injuries, breaks and form slumps. How does he do it? Using what I call a small wins approach. In his own words as he prepares for the next grand slam; “You need to remember all the things that you make it well in the past to have success, and with hard work of every day, try to improve a little bit every day to find the rhythm, to find the way that you really want to ... 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

What is the small wins compound effect?

What is the small wins compound effect?
Everyone knows that if you invest some money in an account that your initial sum can rise due to the effect of compound interest (i.e. interest on your interest). I suspect the same is true of innovation and change. Someone or some group or team needs to start innovating. It can be small. Then they learn from the experience and share their results. They try again on another problem, issue or opportunity. But they also inspire another group to try. Now leaders start to talk about innovation ... 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

If you don’t pick up the broken glass – who will?

If you don’t pick up the broken glass – who will?
My dad was an ambulance officer and as a kid I remember being totally embarrassed by the fact that whenever we saw some broken glass he would go and pick it up. It was not our broken glass. But that was the point. He knew that if you left broken glass lying around then invariably some kid might step on it and cut themselves. It was a small action. But an important one. He assumed responsibility to make a difference to someone else’s life. It’s what leaders do. It’s what ... Read more