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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…

Dave Brailsford

The meteoric rise of British Cycling over the last 20 years is the story of legend. Before 2012 a British cyclist had never won the Tour de France. Since then they have one six out of seven. Prior to the Beijing Olympic in 2008 Britain had one a single team Gold medal back in the London games of 1908. Since Beijing the team now has an additional 23 Golds.

That is some “marginal” gain.

But according the man largely responsible for masterminding this turn around, that is exactly what it was lots of marginal gains added together and compounded over time creates a huge impact in overall performance. And if you keep doing it day after day, training session after training session, year after year, then the effect is exponential.

By using this principle, British cycling went from the back of the field to the most successful cycling dynasty in history.

What about your organisation? What ten things could you improve by 1% in your organisation?

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