I’m a simplifier; more than that I really dislike complexifiers, but, sadly, their numbers seem to be increasing daily.
In work situations especially adding complexity is a way to demotivate the people around you (above, beside and below) and set everyone up to fail.
Sometimes what sounds like complexifying turns out to be just poor communications once you sort your way through what was said.
But there are a number of folks out there who honestly believe that complex equals smart and simple equals dumb. If that’s the case give me dumb every time.
Complexification isn’t a minor problem and often leads to major difficulties—think complex products like derivatives, Windows, phone menus in which you can get lost for days, low productivity, poor morale—the list is endless.
Here are four ways to know if you’re a complexifier
- Are you met with blank looks when you describe something?
- Is “huh” a typical response to what you say?
- Do you frequently have to repeat what you say?
- Are you constantly asked to explain what you mean?
And here’s what to do if you find you are one
- First decide whether it’s what you mean or how you think.
- If the problem is how you say it, i.e., the communications, take advantage of this post and if you want more help give me a call me at 866.265.7267.
- If it’s how you think then you need to look at your MAP (mindset, attitude, philosophy™) and identify why you prefer difficult/complicated/elaborate/intricate/convoluted/confusing
- Changing MAP is a process that requires developing a special type of awareness
The great thing is that it’s always your choice.
Now a quick note about simplifying.
Brian R Nichols passed on a great idea in his comment on last week’s Ducks In A Row: A Tool To Make Reviews And Management Easier.
Here it is in Brian’s own words.
“The GSA looks like a good simple tool that I’ll have to try. Another simple tool I got from one of my former bosses is what he called a significant events log. It is basically a diary for each subordinate kept in an Excel worksheet. Both positive and negative comments are entered as warranted. It helps funnel the entire year into the review, not just the successes or failures of the moment.”
Call it an SEL Funnel; it will make your ongoing feedback and reviews even simpler while preventing selective memory from rearing its ugly head.
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