June 28, 2021

See through


Some things, maybe even most things, are undeniably complex.

And when we have to get other people to buy into them, or make a change based on them, or assign time to them, or walk them through their own organisation, complex is not your friend. Because when most people start seeing how this will link to this will link to this will link to this will have an impact on that and that and that, they start seeing internal, political, organisational, practical, and every other kind of issues. And a lot of them won’t want to spend their time and intellectual or political capital on winning your battles for you.

So simplify.

Don’t gloss over the interconnectedness or dumb down the realities, do simplify the message and focus on the benefits delivered and the problems solved.

Skippy strategy: Work with champions who can see through the complexity to the benefit.