Some 700 years ago, Friar William of Ockham developed a really simple guiding principle for humans aimed at excellence. Pursue the simplest way forward. Simplest, not easiest. French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery “anded” if you will – “Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.” Not to be outdone a more modern mortal (Einstein) reminded us yet again. “Make things as simple as possible, never more so.”
There are some laws of physics that govern systems as they grow. Fact. But most of what complicates and compromises our ability to perform, are human decisions, mostly ones we’re not even conscious of. Complication creeps in, almost like a theif in the night, and robs us blind. Complexity is a sign of growth. Complication is not. Recently, in a real, raw, BTL team practice, a few young leaders opened their mouths and opened some eyes. They brought forward ideas to simplify. It helps, oftentimes, to have young eyes look at old problems, leader, if you’re willing to listen.
The work of becoming BTL is a complex process. The 12 8 4 framework is simple, not easy. This work, a lot like life, does not have a clear beginning, middle, and end point. I mean, come on man, does anyone know when they’re getting started in pursuit of excellence, when they’re halfway there, or if they ever arrive? Don’t get overwhelmed by the complexity of becoming BTL, friend. Start with working on your BTL six pack, your core (if you need more clarity just search core on BTL blog). Author your BTL opus, your labor of love for your profession (search BTL blog for more clarity). If you build a strong core and authentic opus, you are well on your way to becoming. This is the simplest way forward.
How can you, leader, apply Occam’s razor to simplify and focus the aim of your work? How can you simplify your goals, metrics, meetings, emails, and decision trees? How can you cull activities to create clarity? How can you put the cookies on the bottom shelf for your team? Slow down and think deeply. Your team is easily overwhelmed in this noisy world getting noisier by the nanosecond. Slow down and simplify. Your team needs to shave off some stubble that’s grown into a Duck Dynasty kinda unruly beard. Your team needs the kind of shave only Occam’s razor can deliver. Good.
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