And when I say that, I don’t mean just these words you’re reading right now.
I mean, let’s make everything simple.
Let’s stop making things hard just because we have an idea that anything worthwhile has to be a challenge.
Let’s stop complicating things in some misplaced effort to justify ourselves and affirm our right to be at the table.
Let’s be done with attempting to prove something by being difficult and inscrutable.
Because it really never works. That is, if you intend to get anything done.
Sometimes people complain to me that they send email and never get any responses. When I review what they’ve written, it’s easy to see why – they’ve very formally written right around whatever they have to say. And often they fail to clearly ask for what they want the reader to do, so they never get what they need.
That right there is the definition of “doesn’t work”.
And we want it to work, don’t we?
Here’s something to consider if you’re struggling with the idea of “simple”:
Wordy, flowery, clever does not equal smart, insightful, helpful.
Formal, complicated and incomprehensible does not help clarity, understanding and action.
1 + 1 does not need sine, cosine or tangent to solve.
When you have a choice, and you always have a choice – pick simple.
Make your presentation less about bullet points and more about a story.
Make your meeting less about catching everyone up and more about making decisions.
Make your email less about sparkling, witty repartee and more about asking directly for what you want/need.
Take one clear step forward instead of three steps to the left if you want to move ahead.
Always, always, always look for the simplest solution. You don’t need stress and friction.
And you’ll win, easy.