Nothing is ever really as hard as it first appears to be. I have often joked that there is something in our genetic make-up that kicks in each morning that tell us “look for something real easy and then try to make it harder than it needs to be”.
The fact is, we sometimes tend to make things – like making business decisions, harder or more complicated than they need to be. Why? Because we do. We over-think the situation and loose site of the root cause and the best solution. I have found in my real world experiences, that when a business leader does this, they not only hurt their business but their team as well. When you don’t keep it simple, you damage your ability to build trust with your team and boost their performance. When working with clients as their executive business coach, getting through this barrier can be challenging until they resolve to let go of this damaging habit.
We even think that we have to be perfect in our solutions. Let me let you in on a little secret – people who try to be perfect are usually procrastinators! They live in a world of “getting ready; to get started; to commence; to begin” – they are always at the starting line; waiting and waiting…while others are getting ahead and making progress. This last point is something that I cover in detail in many of my talks when I urge audience members to “Be Fearless; Step Up and Play Big“.
We get distracted by what might or could happen until we overwhelm ourselves with layers and layers of “perceived” complexity, confusion and (here’s the big one) fear. We eventually confuse others working with us. We let this confusion literally “stop us in our tracks”. We create more “crossroads and barriers” in our professional and personal lives than are necessary.
Here’s what you can do?
1. Learn to think, speak and write in simple sentences – noun, verb, object
2. get all of the input you need to understand the root cause/issue – get it down on paper
3. define what needs to be done – write it down step by step
4. eliminate all of the unnecessary steps (unnecessary steps make it complicated)
5. understand that it is ok and necessary (to be an effective leader) to make decisions based on imperfect data
6. do it, measure progress and results
7. if the desired result is not achieved; don’t give up, make another decision to make it right
8. stay focused
Sounds simple, right? You bet it is – it’s hard work but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Unless you decide to make it difficult. The choice is yours. Which path will you choose?