All children are artists
They can pick up a pen or a crayon and create. Before you know it they have drawn something beautiful, a flower or a house or a friend. Simple, clear and elegant.
Unfortunately they just don’t know when to stop. The colouring in starts, red felt tips, green pencils, blue crayons, and then they create a…
If you have children you know exactly what I mean.
Do you know when to stop?
I love steak and chips, but it is easy to mess it up, overcooking it and covering it in a clarty sauce.
My eldest daughter has just discovered make up, she is a pretty girl but the results are not subtle.
Stopping is a fine art.
More isn’t more
So why do we:
- Add more words to presentations?
- Add more lines to graphs?
- Add more rules to our regulations?
- Add more automation to our operations?
- Add more logic to our algorithms?
Improvement is all about taking things out
We don’t make things better by adding more blue crayon, or more controls and checks. We make things better by taking out all the clutter and confusion, making things visible, being clear what good looks like and then removing everything else.
Clarity is about what we take out, not add in.
Look at the arrow below and you will see what I mean…
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