I work in nature conservation and in our sector we are always looking for the next big solution to our big problem of biodiversity loss. But I sometimes wonder if we should focus on the small solutions. The small changes that, if scaled up, could have huge impact. Even if it’s just making small, but important, changes in our own organisations to improve our efficiency and increase our impact.
In the MBA course Operations Management we learned that indeed large improvements can be achieved through small tweaks in a system. A great example of this is how Toyota employees greatly improved a food bank delivery service for Hurricane Sandy victims in New York. This video of their project highlights how small changes to how they ran the delivery service radically improved efficiency. Their project is inspiring and has inspired me to think through the small changes that I could make to improve how I work.
My challenge to you today is to think through a process in work that you think could be more efficient and make one small improvement. Nothing radical, nothing too big - something small and easy.
We Are All Wonder Women Co-founder Eugenie is currently studying for an Executive MBA at the University of Cambridge. This is one is a series of blogs she is writing giving insight into some of her learning from the course which she hopes will help other Wonder Women at work.
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