Improve Every Tiny Thing by 1 Percent

No British cyclist had ever won the Tour de France, Dave Brailsford was asked to change that. Within three years of taking over and implementing a system he referred to as the “aggregation of marginal gains” Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to win the Tour de France. Then the very next year a second Brit Chris Froome won again.

Brailsford believed in a concept that he referred to as the “aggregation of marginal gains.” He explained it as “the 1 percent margin for improvement in everything you do.” His belief was that if you improved every area related to cycling by just 1 percent, then those small gains would add up to remarkable improvement.

via Process Improvement: This Coach Improved Every Tiny Thing by 1 Percent.

The full article is well worth reading.

As dentists faced with the duty of improving our skills, increasing business efficiency and implementing new technologies the tasks can seem daunting and it is easy to never even get started.

What Brailsford demonstrated was that you do not need to take on big chunks of a big problem. Just do one thing one percent better today. At first the changes are too small to notice but the aggregation of marginal gains eventually changes everything.

The lesson is not to feel you have to know everything and make enormous changes when starting to use technology. Just start and do it a little bit better every day.

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