Derek Bishop


The golden moment

Date added: 21st Feb 2014
Category: Organisational Culture Change

Success breeds success may be a cliché but it certainly seems to be the case at the Winter Olympics with athletes hailing the momentum from London 2012 as helping them to equal the best medal haul at a winter Olympics since 1924.  Cheered on by some of the British medallists from previous games, the atmosphere in the British camp this week seems to have been focused and positive.  Speaking after the British women gained bronze in the curling, Lord Sebastian Coe hoped that the British success would inspire others to greatness in future years.

The way in which one success can lead on to further victories is a lesson which we can learn in business as well as in the sporting arena.  Hard work and determination will win out but sometimes, particularly when faced with a momentous task, it can be all too easy to become demoralised.  Planning your journey to include some ‘quick wins’ can transform perceptions and generate fresh waves of enthusiasm.

This is particularly true when major transformations such as a move to an innovation culture are underway.  It can be all too easy to become discouraged as silos and processes, tradition and misunderstandings throw up barriers in the way.  Planning a couple of quick wins at the outset act as golden moments, not only silencing the critics but in showing what can be achieved spurring employees to take up the challenge and drive the transformation forward.

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