One of my favorite, and perhaps absolute favorite, business authors is Patrick Lencioni. Two of his books in particular (Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive and Three Signs of a Miserable Job) have been timely and amazingly helpful in my work over the past few months. (Yes I’m still reading non-school, non-fiction even now… can’t stop needing it.)
Patrick does a monthly newsletter/blog and this month’s was on Simplicity. Well worth reading. Here’s a snippet:
Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote, “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” Albert Einstein believed that “most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in language comprehensible to everyone.”
And yet, in my consulting to organizations of all kinds, from high tech companies to churches to banks, I find that there is a natural tendency among managing leaders to add unnecessary complexity to situations, problems, descriptions and solutions. As a result, plans do not come to fruition, employees get confused, customers become disappointed and leaders are left discouraged.
Oh, and I’ll be writing reviews of those two books at some point soon. At least that’s the plan.