When was the last time you carefully examined your operation, looking for the one little thing that, if changed, would make the biggest difference?  For most of us the tendency is to look for sweeping changes, dramatically new opportunities, that will put our organization on the map.  According to Peter Drucker though, the real opportunity "is in the smallest missing part that will convert already existing elements—knowledge, products, customer demand, markets—into a new and much more productive whole (Managing for Results, p. 148)."

So…when was the last time you looked for the one little change that could make the biggest difference?

One of the things I love about Drucker’s writing are the great questions embedded there.  Take a look at these questions:

  • What is lacking to make effective what is already possible?
  • What one small step would transform our economic results?
  • What small change would alter the capacity of the whole of our resources?

Can you see how these questions could lead to big gains?  What if they became an ordinary part of your operation?  Think that could lead to discovery of "the smallest missing part that will convert already existing elements…into a new and much more productive whole?"

Small Innovations Lead to Big Gains