A recent LinkedIn discussion group was talking about companies adopting the use of Analytics. The gist of the original discussion thread was a lot of firms only ask for reports, and what would it take for them to have a more analytic culture or mindset?
My comment on this post was that sometimes you want to approach these items below-the-radar. Sometimes it is wise to heed the adage “it is better to beg forgiveness than permission”. Build a series of small wins, and you build a momentum that begins to take on a life of its own.
“Oops, we made the company analytical…sorry ‘bout that”
A lot of the management guru initiatives we read about on consultant websites, or hear about at seminars, or entertain during visits, rely on this notion that it will require “strong senior management support”.
There is only so much of that support to go around, and the senior managers might have a lot bigger fish to fry than our analytical culture project. None of us can jump on every bandwagon that comes along.
So rather than wait for that scarce resource, why not figure out ways we can pilot something today? Figure out someone sympathetic to the initiative and use their area as the test case? Pretty soon, the results sell themselves, and we find that senior management support was never really needed to begin with.
That is the power of stringing together a series of small wins.
I would love to hear your thoughts about Small Wins or your stories on this topic if you have them.
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