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  • Writer's pictureTony Richards

Why Leaders Need To Keep It Simple

Sometimes our best intentions get the better of us and we fail to do the jobs we intended to do. Many times, it’s because we ignore the simple things. Complexity is the enemy of simplicity, and the reason is, it’s easy to make things complicated. Often, we just don’t take the time to think through our actions before we take them. Having the discipline to establish a process or a checklist will help you. The challenge is in using it, and that is where personal leadership arises.

Step by step, you can get things done if your mindset is guided by a process that is as simple as you can make it. The best leaders make an extra effort to turn the complex into the simple.

Our brains are not designed to hold ideas like a list, our brains are designed to have ideas and erase those ideas after a night or two of good sleep. Establishing a checklist or process solidifies the list for us, so we can free up our brains to do what they are designed to do.

When making your list consider these things.

What is the goal in the most simple terms possible? Always keep the outcome in front of you. When working on a project, it is easy to get sidetracked. Keep the goal clear and firmly in mind.

What can we do to simplify things? What can you eliminate or stop doing? All strategy begins with what you will not do. Simplicity is a process of eliminating all that is not necessary. It is often easier to stop doing something than adding something. It’s important to remember not to cut just for the sake of cutting. Effectiveness comes from doing the right things. Efficiency comes from doing things right.

What can we do to ensure consistent outcomes? If what you are doing is not repeatable, you may not need a process. However, ensuring consistent outcomes is why we need to adhere to process. The more of what you do that is repeatable that can be formulated into process, the more you will be able to do. Process with consistent outcomes increases your capacity for production and success.

Remember, leaders battle complexity with simplicity.

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