I’ve come to realize over my years as a leader that one of the greatest impediments to personal and organizational effectiveness is complexity. The antidote is one of life’s unknown little secrets. KISS (Keep it simple, saint 🙂 )! Simplicity though only comes with a clear vision. The organization (or person) must know what it exists for and do only do those things that enhance the accomplishment of that vision. And say no to everything else.
I read an amusing little story somewhere (don’t quite remember where)…
The famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson went on a camping trip together. After a good meal, they lay down for the night and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. “Watson, look up and tell me what you see.”
Watson replied, “I see millions and millions of stars.
“What does that tell you?”
Watson a little miffed by the inconvenient timing of the conversation pondered for a minute. “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all-powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Why, what does it tell YOU?”
Holmes was silent for a minute, and then spoke. “Watson, you idiot: Someone has stolen our tent!”
Have a simple and focused rest of the week!