No British cyclist had ever won the Tour de France, until the new Performance Director for Team Sky (Great Britain’s professional cycling team) Sir David Brailsford. When Brailsford came onboard, he found that the British cycling team were already doing everything the best teams in the world were doing, so there was very little to change. His technique was to improve the current processes of the team by 1% and accumulatively improve the team’s overall performance and hopefully in 5years the team could take home the Tour de France title. However, the team won the title in 3years.
"The whole principle came from the idea that if you broke down everything you could think of that goes into riding a bike, and then improved it by 1%, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together,” "There's fitness and conditioning, of course, but there are other things that might seem on the periphery, like sleeping in the right position, having the same pillow when you are away and training in different places.” “Do you really know how to clean your hands without leaving the bits between your fingers?” “If you do things like that properly, you will get ill a little bit less.” "They're tiny things but if you clump them together it makes a big difference.” he explained, without looking at all like the evil mastermind of a mysterious sect. British Cycling Performance Director: Brailsford explained on BBC Breakfast. The British cycling team won 12medals all together with 6 of them gold medals at the Rio 2016 Games.
Applying this to improving our daily routine is simple, Brailsford also admits that he learnt the approach from the Japanese management strategy - Kaizen which means continuous gradual improvement. Applying this to your career, you may be thinking about becoming the best employee in your organisation, or the next manager in your office, or possibly the next partner of the businesses you work for; all of these goals could seem overwhelming, and they actually are; but one small step each day in the right direction can take you closer and closer to attaining that set goal.
So if your goal is to i. become a partner at your firm, you could cut that down to a bitesize goal like ii. become the best employee in your department. This second bitesize goal can then be put into play with the kaizen way by a. spending an hour everyday learning something new in your field. b. associating with the best people in your department and learning the tricks of the trade c. examining yourself and looking for little areas you could improve, like say - attending more organisational events, staying healthier, getting a better night rest - if you’re already at the top of your department.
Applying these techniques will allow you to continually improve yourself without drastically interrupting daily routine. To sum up.. James Clear - a behavioural improvement writer also echoes the same statements sharing on his blog about Dave that small and gentle improvements will be more effective in the long run as we would be more likely to stick to them.