“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.” Albert Einstein
Business is complex. There are a lot of variables, people, shareholders, market conditions, the list goes on and on. Because business is so complex, people naturally gravitate toward complex explanations and frameworks to solve fairly simple problems. Most of the time, leaders know what to do – they just don’t know always know why or how to do it.
We’ve been talking a lot about For You Leaders and naturally the conversations go toward making the concept more complicated:
“Can you be For You part of the time, For Yourself other times?”
“What about internal competitions for the same job? You can’t be a For You Leader then, right?”
Why do we struggle to keep this concept simple? We like to make exceptions to the rules. We know that we need to eat healthier, but yet don’t. We know we should save more money, but don’t. Why?
Complexity lets us mask the core issues, conceal bad judgement, ignore incompetence and settle on inaction.
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