by ksleader on Mai 1st in Leadership
You certainly know these words.
You do? … Fine! Keep on reading.
Then you certainly know Pig-Pen, the Peanuts character who carries around his own cloud of dust.
You know him? … Fine! Keep on reading.
Why do I tell that? Because people like Pig-Pen are “complexifiers”. Complexifiers seem to leave complexity in their life, making it more difficult for subordinates, colleagues, customers, and even family members to get things done.
Oh, am I complex? … No! Keep on reading.
There are people in our life who try to explain things so complicated that afterwards people are not able to mentally follow. People explain our world and afterwards they wonder why none is able to understand them. People put things in frames in order to help people better understand our world. And they are not satisfied with simple facts and collections of data – no, people tend to ask for additional data to make the presentation in the end to this very masterpiece.
The more the better! … You are right! Keep on reading.
Sometimes life is our greatest obstacle. We create our own problems and difficulties. We strive for perfection and self-presentation. Nothing is good enough that it cannot be improved. We are not satisfied with simple knitted socks … no, it has to be a complex pattern. We discuss topics in endless debates and wonder at last why we don’t have reached a consensus. And we don’t notice it because it is normality for us. It is habit for us.
And when comes the punchline in the story? Grrr… keep on reading.
Are we able to say things more easy? Can we explain our plan with simple words? Simplifiers indeed narrow the focus to a few key aspects. They have the ability to tell stories that convey the situation and the goal in a way that helps people understand what the topic is about and what they should know.
Ask yourself these question to better understand your situation:
1.) Do I have the goal for perfection?
2.) Do I steadily feel the need to improve things?
3.) How much data is enough for me?
4.) Do I focus on the key aspects?
5.) Can I explain my plan in simple words?
6.) Do all people understand the result?
7.) Do I often irritate people with my attitude?
WHY CAN’T WE SAY STRAIGHTFORWARD WHAT WE WANT TO SAY?
STOP BEATING AROUND THE BUSH!
LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG!
SPEAK IN SIMPLE WORDS!
Here the article to the story: http://goo.gl/oy1n8