Small wins that can be attained that will move an organization forward
Big wins are great-but they are relatively rare (Kouzes & Posner, 2012). One example of a company that had tremendous results with small wins is DuPont. An extensive study involving five DuPont plants documented that minor changes (for example, introduction of forklift trucks) – rather than major changes (for example, introduction of new chemical processing technologies) – accounted for over two-thirds of the reductions in production costs over a thirty-year period (Kouzes & Posner, 2012). Which is why it is important to have small wins. Some small wins to train team leaders would be to, offer online training, offer on site training, tuition reimbursement for leadership classes away from work, or offer job shadowing with an experienced leader. Little by little these team leaders will became much more effective as team leaders. Less time, skill, effort, and expense is required to produce small changes than to implement major changes (Kouzes & Posner, 2012). Small wins are not only beneficial for the organization but also for the leader being trained. Small wins build people’s confidence and reinforce their natural desire to feel successful (Kouzes & Posner, 2012). Small wins also strengthen groups. Small wins produce results because they build personal and group commitment to a course of action (Kouzes & Posner, 2012).
Kouzes, J., & Posner, B. (2012). The leadership challenge. (Fifth ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.