Clive Woodward when coaching the England World Cup winning rugby squad and Dave Brailsford with British Cycling and Team Sky both talked about the idea of marginal gains.
The idea is that by doing small things differently and better you can make the difference between winning and losing.
This is a very interesting and inspirational address by James Citrin of Spencer Stuart talking about the same idea.
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There are only 312 members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. To be inducted, as a hitter, you have to bat an average of .302. That means for every at bat, over the course of a season, you get a hit 30% of the time. But here’s the thing: The average major leaguer bats .271, which means that for every at bat, they get a hit 27% of the time. Over the course of a season of 162 games, the difference between being in the middle of the pack and the best of the best is just 18 hits per year, or one more hit every 17 games! The hall of famers studied, practiced, and worked over time to get that smallest of advantages to get just one extra hit every 17 games. And the results are immortality.