Keeping It Simple

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)…

sherlockThe 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?”

starry skyWatson 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!

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9 responses to “Keeping It Simple

  1. wish there was a “like this” or “digg this” tab after your post that i could have concurred with what yo saying.really cool.

    how we need more pastors to stop “preaching” and start communicating.thanks for keeping it simple…

    PS:this is the saved version of the original KISS-Keep It Simple Stupid???

  2. @ kenyannutcase lol saved version indeed!

    Thanks Pastor M certainly looking forward to a Keeping it Simple II. See as much as it is simple to keep it simple (??), it is not as easy to appliy. We are faced with pressure to be everything to everyone. And we love it at first when people depend on us because it makes us feel good and like we are important. Truth is though it tends to leave us burnt out, resentful and eventually bitter with nothing to show for why we are here.
    I guess Keeping it Simple comes from catching this God Dream as it aligns our lives to God’s perfect will for us.
    Thanks Pasi
    Baraka tele!

  3. May I have a Simple mind oh!! Kweli, KISS! Right now, I think am feeling Watson more than Holmes!!! 🙂

  4. When I 1st read the story I didnt get it; I got it when I read a second time:-)

    Given my melancholic personality, this week could have turned out to be one of those “I never want another week like this one” but God has reminded me that His grace is sufficient…

    I have kept it simple by trusting that He will carrying me through the days and it is working to my pleasant surprise… I shall definitely make an intentional effort to continue keeping it simple!

  5. @ Kisa, I can relate with you. I have had one of those weeks (Melancholy is my secondary) but reflecting the simple truth that God is my confidence has done wonders, not changed the circumstance but definately my heart.
    Baraka tele!

  6. hi Pasi
    if we were friends on FB would have tagged you on this.you’ll love this article.it’s too long to paste here.
    “Spirituality for all the wrong reasons…An interview Eugene Peterson had with Christianity Today editor Mark Galli”http://thekenyannutcase.wordpress.com

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