David Brailsford used the ‘aggregation of marginal gains’ approach to take the British Cycling team from relative obscurity in 2002 to world leadership at the London Olympics in 2012.

[infobox] How 1% Performance Improvements Led to Olympic Gold
Harvard Business Review interview with David Brailsford

“When we first started out, the top of the Olympic podium seemed like a very long way away. Aiming for gold was too daunting. As an MBA, I had become fascinated with Kaizen and other process-improvement techniques. It struck me that we should think small, not big, and adopt a philosophy of continuous improvement through the aggregation of marginal gains. Forget about perfection; focus on progression, and compound the improvements.”[/infobox]

This approach itself builds upon the continuous improvement / ‘Kaizen’ approach that improved the manufacturing performance in the second half of the last century.


MD2MD applies this approach to the development of business leaders

Aggregation of marginal gains

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