Life is complicated, but not every part of it has to be. In fact, we often make things more complicated than necessary. That’s why as I’m wrapping up this Friday, I’m reminding us to:
Keep It Simple.
In business, it’s especially important to avoid over-complicating processes. Here’s a pretty common scenario…
A process gets put in place, perhaps with the help of an industry expert. The process is relatively simple. Results improve. The people involved in the process think, “Wow, this simple process is really helping. Let’s add these additional steps to make it even better!”
Unfortunately the more complicated process doesn’t yield improvement. Instead, results deteriorate and, lo-and-behold, it’s time to bring back the expert who tells us to get back to basics and, sure enough, reinstates a more simple – more effective – process.
Every industry has its “basics,” those core practices that contribute to success. In our own work, we most likely know what those basics are. The key is to stick with them. Focusing on improvement is good. But watch out, because complicating something is not the same as improving it.
When in doubt – KIS – and have a sunny day!
P.S. In the words of Frank Lloyd Wright, “‘Think simple’ as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.”