Leadership Limerick: The Power of the Little Bet

Pursuing big and bold paths is often the way to produce the most innovative results, but getting in action can more easily be accomplished through experimentation and prototyping to quickly learn what works and what doesn't, refining your efforts as you go.

The idea of small investments is found throughout the literature.  Built to Last tells us to try stuff and see what works.  The power of small wins is extolled in The Leadership Challenge and most recently, The Progress Principle: using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement and Creativity at Work.

But I really like how this thinking is expressed in Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge Through Small Discoveries:

“Little bets are for learning about problems and opportunities while             
big bets are for capitalizing upon them once they’ve been identified.”
Association professionals around the world this week talked about experimentation, innovation, and achieving better results as a part of ASAE's inaugural InnovationTalks, a week-long campaign to stimulate conversations about, and commitments to, innovation in the association community.

I had the honor of helping lead this campaign and of writing the Conversation Kit groups can use to design and manage conversations in their own organizations.  Convene and connect with your own colleagues in a conversation about innovation in your organization. Download the Conversation Kit here.

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