Value Of Simplicity
Value Of Simplicity
an increasingly complex world 'simplicity' is becoming very
with complexity is an inefficient and unnecessary waste of time,
attention and mental energy
makes life simpler
makes it much easier to do things
is often a much simpler way of doing things - if you make
the effort to look for it. Simplicity does not just happen.
is easy to use but can be hard
to design. You may need some creativity.
simplicity seems easy we believe it is easy to achieve. When it
is not easy to achieve we give up
are usually too ready to accept the first solution as good enough.
We need to believe that there is often a better or simpler solution
in order to keep on thinking.
order to make something simple you have to know
your subject very well indeed.
ability to extract, define and redesign concepts
is the key to the process of simplification.
it is much easier to start over again than to try to modify what
any approach to simplification there are three key questions:
What is the value?
are just some observations from Edward De Bono's excellent book:
279 contains the section "The Ten Rules of Simplicity"
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To Eliminate Business Worries
Shimkin, general manager of a major publishing house said:
sounds like magic - but like all magic tricks, it is extremely
simple when you see how it is done.
is the secret:
I immediately stopped the procedure I had been using in my conferences
for fifteen years - a procedure that began with my troubled associates
reciting all the details of what had gone wrong, and ending up by
asking: "What shall we do?"
I made a new rule - a rule that everyone who wishes to present a
problem to me must first prepare and submit a memorandum answering
these four questions:
1: What is the problem?
work yourself up into a lather discussing the troubles, simply
write out specificially what the problem is.
2: What is the cause of the problem?
can be wasted in worried discussions without ever trying to
find out clearly the conditions that lie at the root of the
3: What are all possible solutions of the problem?
of deliberating, simply write down all possible solutions
to get a clear overview.
4: What solution do you suggest?
of going round in circles think through all the possible solutions
and then write down the one you recommend."
can you apply Leo Shimkin's strategy in your life and business?
more in Dale Carnegie's classic: "How To Stop Worrying and
Start Living". Chapter 5 "How To Eliminate Fifty Per
Cent Of Your Business Worries"
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