In search of "Common Sense"

Dec 25, 2008

More quotes on Simplicity

“Insecure managers create complexity. Frightened, nervous managers use thick, convoluted planning books and buy slides filled with everything they’ve known since childhood. Real leaders don’t need clutter. People must have the self-confidence to be clear, precise, to be sure that every person in their organization-highest to lowerst-understands what the business is trying to achieve. But it’s not easy. You can’t even believe how hard it is for people to be simple, how much they fear being simple. They worry that if they’re simple, people will think they’re simple-minded. In reality, of course, it’s just the reverse. Clear, tough-minded people are the most simple.”
- Jack Welch (HBR article sept-oct 1989, p.114, Interview with Jack Welch - Noel Tichy and Ram Charan).

“Cost and complexity is our No.1 problem. It’s a hundred times what it was ten years ago.” - Tony Scott, Technology officer for GM

“Almost all of the IT that we’ve done over the last 10 to 15 years is pretty neat, but it too expensive and too hard to use. We may have given all these enterprises Lamborghinis…” - Vinod Khosla, venture capitalist

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results…” - Albert Einstein

“Reducing Complexity is our next big opportunity to create value…as important as Lean and Six Sigma.” - Anne Mulcahy, CEO, Xerox

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” - Hans Hofmann (1880-1966), Artist and Painter

“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great…” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It's easy to have a complicated idea. It's very, very hard to have a simple idea.'' - Carver Mead

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