“If you broke down everything you could think of that goes into riding a bike, and then improved it by one percent, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together.”
So said Sir Dave Brailsford, the former coach of the Great Britain Cycling Team. He was explaining the marginal gains philosophy that, over several years, transformed them into the most successful British team in any sport, at world and Olympic level.
Many tiny improvements create big change
To Brailsford, breaking everything down meant everyone involved scrutinising every element that contributed, or could contribute, to raising a cyclist’s performance. Apart from obvious areas like diet, fitness and conditioning, the programme extended to details like cyclists travelling with the pillow that offered the best sleep before a race, and taking extra care to wash their hands – the result being that they missed fewer training sessions because of illness. The point is, that making many tiny improvements over time, even to things that might seem insignificant or even ridiculous, added up to a big advantage over other competitors who overlooked them.
Creating great security day by day
At Layer 8, we often compare developing security culture to this aggregate of marginal gains. Security culture is how we communicate what matters to us through what we say and do on a day-to-day basis – it’s the result of all the everyday exchanges between the members of an organisation. Through conversations and behaviours, they are continually negotiating and agreeing the way things are done. We might want the ‘gold medal’ security culture now, but it’s a long-term objective built on many small improvements in behaviour and many conversations over time. The good news is that every time one person changes one behaviour, and every time a positive conversation is had about how to do things more securely, then your culture is taking a step closer to that Olympic podium!
Do you know how secure your workforce is?
Whether you’re a mature business or you’re just starting out on the road to culture change you need ways to gauge awareness and compliance, as well as the developing maturity of your security culture. At Layer 8 we’ve developed a way for businesses to do this through KnowHowSecure, which is part of our Layer 8 Toolkit® – and in our next People in Security webinar, we’ll be talking about culture, compliance and the benefits of KnowHowSecure to our customers, as a measure of compliance and a barometer of culture change.
So do join us for…
TITLE: Minimise Risk – using people to prove compliance
HOSTS: Sarah Janes (Managing Director) and Amanda Price (Creative Director – Operations)
WHEN: Thurs 8th March 2018 at 11.00am-11.30am