I have always tried to follow the principal of K.I.S.S.. However, it is not always as easy as it sounds. There are situations that call for more and even times where we all forget to try the simplest and most obvious solution. Why do we tend not to see what is staring us right in the face?
Technology has been my nemesis many times. One prime example is my use of the new map/traffic apps, which I tend to rely on even when I know where I am going, and trust them to a fault. I know the way that they are redirecting me is longer and there is a better alternative, but I blindly follow them no matter where they send me. At times they help, but sometimes the obvious route is the best and I think we tend to forget that.
In today’s world there is far too much information and we are not all equipped to handle it. I was not feeling well the other day so I decided to go online to try and figure out what was wrong with me based on the symptoms I was experiencing. If you have ever done this you know that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of sites dedicated to it. After putting in my particular symptoms, one of the sites had narrowed it down to five or six different ailments. I can’t remember them all, but the ones that stood out were mononucleosis, swine flu, and bacterial pneumonia. I understand the need to be overly cautious, but these were the top three common results. Obviously I had none of these ailments, but based on the information I entered they could have been. In fact I had no more than a common cold.
We live in a world where information is so abundant that it challenges our own, usually reliable, convictions. We question unnecessarily and make the problems we have much bigger and more complex than they should or need to be.
The same can be said of some of the business decisions we are asked to make. We tend to become so blinded and overwhelmed by the information we receive, that we overlook the simplest and most obvious solution. Most times it is right in front of our noses.
So, next time take a step back and look at the situation (both personal and in business) and see if there is an obvious and simple solution that you can try because it may, more than likely, be the right one.
- On February 15, 2016