One of my favorite motivational speakers, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, has an acronym he uses called “SIB-KIS.” It stands for:
See It Big – Keep It Simple
The problem with the human condition is that we tend to see things small to start with…and complicate what’s left.
The reminder to “see it big” help us keep our eyes off of the day-to-day minutia, and dream a little about how things can be. You want to set high expectations and get excited about the potential of what is possible before you bring the full weight of reality into the situation. You want to nurture new ideas, not kill them….at least not yet.
It’s amazing how hard its to keep things simple, especially in a team environment. Everybody want to “participate” and add in their two cents. Before you know it, you are sidetracked down all kinds of rabbit trails and have added unnecessary layers of management and complexity. As Woodie Gutheri says “Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.” It takes real leadership and clarity about what you are trying to accomplish to keep things simple.
This video has some great reminders about the power of keeping things simple.
When it come to explaining things to others, a good measure of simplicity is the “will your mother understand it” test. Really…if she is available give her a call…if not, borrow someone else’s mother. If you can’t explain it so she understands what you are talking about, it’s not simple enough. Use pictures. Get to the essence of the idea. Drop the jargon. Keep it simple.
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein