<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none;" alt="" src="https://analytics.twitter.com/i/adsct?txn_id=l615x&amp;p_id=Twitter&amp;tw_sale_amount=0&amp;tw_order_quantity=0"/> <img height="1" width="1" style="display:none;" alt="" src="https://t.co/i/adsct?txn_id=l615x&amp;p_id=Twitter&amp;tw_sale_amount=0&amp;tw_order_quantity=0"/>

Hi all

If you've been watching the olympics you may have been glued to your seats with the action in the Velodrome


I will listening to Sir Chris Hoy explain why the GB cycling team is so successsful and the concept of the 'aggregation of marginal gains'.  It then got me thinking how this could apply to HR, or do you think HR works more on the 80 20 principle?

Anyway I dug out some more info on this concept and also performance coaching in general hope this is of interest!




You need to be a member of DPG Community to add comments!

Join DPG Community

Email me when people reply –


  • Fascinating article and my partner and I were talking about this last it night after Jason Kenny won gold. Nothing is overlooked as the article suggests, pillows, hand gel, seats, materials the list goes on and on. You cannot argue with the evidence however and so much success over this period of time shows how powerful the aggregation of marginal gains can be when applied to sports. 

    Can this also be applied to HR? I'm not sure...you can apply marginal gains to costs & KPI's (or things that impact KPI's) like productivity or processes. The achilles heel for HR will always be accurate measurement (and L&D for this matter). However I think you can apply the concept and look to improve lots of things by a small margin across a lot of HR and L&D activities. Providing this doesn't impact the service we provide then it is something worth looking at and learning from.

    This came up a  little while ago and it's got a great video to explain the concept further than the above article - check it out.

    Marginal Gains Theory

This reply was deleted.

CIPD Branch Events

Did you know your local CIPD branch will put on relevant events that are free to CIPD members.

Take a look for your local branch here and what events are happening. Remember attending these events are great CPD evidence.

CIPD Branch Event Search

What's Happening?

Esther Logan and Louise Gangi are now connected
3 hours ago
Rachel Townsend, Cheryl Sloper and Soheil Aslam joined DPG Community
11 hours ago
Chris Gibbs updated their profile photo
12 hours ago
Soheil Aslam updated their profile photo
15 hours ago
Chris Gibbs updated their profile
16 hours ago
Kirsty Coogan and Lisa Price are now connected
Nikki Walters, Tanya Loran, Daniel Degg and 2 more joined DPG Community
Jessica Bates and HRGo! are now connected