How often do you hear the word simplicity mentioned when describing the art of managing? Do you consider simplicity a component of your management style? Simplicity involves ease, clarity, no frills and a lack of complication. We can use more of these elements in our workplaces. Work has become complicated and complex, creating some major advantages. In the process, however, we have lost sight of the value of simplicity. Reinstating simplicity into managing can streamline operations and improve productivity.
What are some ways to reintroduce simplicity into your managing? Here are a few ideas and I am sure you can identify some ways as well. You can bring simplicity and clarity into your communication by speaking and writing succinctly and with brevity. You can pull back from challenges and observe for a while to identify the basics of the challenge and find solutions that address them. You can identify and honor priorities, bringing simplicity by creating focus on what is important. You can ask your team members to find their own ways to simplify without losing quality, and share them with the team.
Give simplicity a try in your managing. Let it remove the extraneous and bring focus to the essential.
“ That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean, to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
– Steve Jobs
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