Insights for Leaders

Keep It Simple

Posted on: September 19th, 2005 | 0 Comments

“People must have self-confidence to be clear, precise, to be sure that every person in the organization understands what the business is trying to achieve….Clear, tough-minded people are the most simple.” — Jack Welch

“The Economist” recently observed that the rate at which mankind makes life complicated seems ever to accelerate – and this is a bad thing.  To help reverse this trend, they have suggested a new rule: “Henceforth, genius will be measured not by how fancy, big or powerful somebody makes something, but by how simple.”

Some proven geniuses are in agreement. Albert Einstein said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”  Leonardo da Vinci wrote, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and Walt Whitman, “Simplicity is the glory of expression.”

The Bottom Line: Leaders insist on keeping things simple so that others can easily understand and effectively engage in the work.