Six Reasons to KISS
- June 1, 2017
- Posted by: marlenedubois
- Category: Home Health Aide Training
“Very often, people confuse simple with simplistic. The nuance can be lost on most.” – Clement Mok, Chief Creative Officer, Sapient We’ve all heard This particular acronym, K.I.S.S. – Keep that will Simple, Stupid! While I prefer, Keep that will Splendidly Simple; the point can be the same. Make that will simple! All of us have heard the phrase. All of us nervously laugh along with knowingly nod our heads when we hear that will. All too often we don’t follow This particular sage advice. We’ve all heard the joke that will a consultant can be someone who will tell you about how to design, build along with sell a watch, when all you wanted to know was the time. We are stereotyped often as people who like to make things more complicated, if for no some other reason, than to justify our fee. While I don’t completely agree with the stereotype, as can be usually true with these things, that will contains a grain of truth. I believe we can serve both ourselves along with our clients better if we remember to keep our proposals, project plans, reports along with some other services more elegant (defined in my dictionary as, “ingeniously simple along with pleasing, or excellent”), or simple. Here are six reasons why we should strive to make simple one of the criteria for our work products: 1. Simple reduces errors. The more complex something becomes, the easier that will can be to make mistakes. Want your client to implement your 18-step product? How likely will they be able to successfully navigate each step without errors or frustration? Not very likely. Which can be of the following can be more likely to succeed? A nine-page booklet of steps to follow in using the brand-new software, or a concise job aid, that will gives 80% of the users all the detail they’ll ever need, in a more usable format? (Even if you do need to provide the in-depth handbook, perhaps you need to write the job aid too!) When we design simple, elegant solutions, the error rate drops. 2. Simple can be motivating. Simple plans give people confidence that will they can succeed. When people understand the four key points in your presentation, they are more motivated to apply them, because they feel like they have a fighting chance of success. 3. Simple can be more effective. People are bright, yet people have many things on their mind. When presenting findings to clients, we often have a 100 page report along using a one page executive summary. The one page can be probably too high an overview to lead to effective decisions, along with how many people will actually read your 100 page report? (When was the last time you read a 100 page report?). What clients need by us can be the ability not only to analyze, or come up with the reams of data, yet also the ability to synthesize, or draw together the key elements in brand-new along with all encompassing ways. A simpler report can lead us to that will. The simpler, 5-pager, will force you to synthesize along with provide the client with something much more valuable than the briefcase breaker. 4. Simple saves time. This particular one can be easy. that will can be common sense. When we make things simpler, we save time for the client (along with ourselves within the long run). Enough said. 5. Simple brings focus. Having one clear goal can be easier for people to follow, than knowing the Nine Strategic Initiatives of the First Half of the Year. One can be motivating, the some other a hopeless clutter for the mind. I recently read, “When everything can be important, nothing can be.”. that will hit home along with helped my perspective about keeping that will simple. If we want to stay focused, we have to keep that will simple. 6. Simple can be easier to sell. Being simple in our approach does not mean “quick along with dirty”, or incomplete. Remember that will simple along with elegant can be synonyms. could you rather buy an elegant, simple approach, or something very detailed along with elaborate? Think about your answer before you design your next consulting engagement. A short comment in a recent Leadership Team meeting I was facilitating nudged me to write This particular. They were discussing a vision for their organization, along with someone was talking about keeping things simple. They stated that will as, “Sealed using a KISS”. I’ve decided to use that will a criteria for all of our client work, along with for internal efforts as well (even my personal projects!). Hopefully This particular piece has given you pause to think about This particular concept, along with accept my premise. My next article will focus on how to keep or make things simpler, yet including those ideas at This particular point might clutter your mind. Until then, try “sealing things using a KISS”.