The question we recently have been confronting here and with all those we talk to is this: 𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙬𝙚 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙖𝙙𝙙 𝙖 𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚 𝙨𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝙩𝙤 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨?
One might think, without commutes and cross-country or global flights, the days would get easier. Yet juggling, in some cases, entire families working from home – whether it be professional or school – cooped up and possibly getting a little cabin fever, many are finding the new routines far more challenging than they had hoped.
Not to mention the challenge of creating, finding and learning new ways to work. Our professional and personal lives have been changed forever. If you are waiting for things to get back to the way they were, do not. They will not.
In our podcast this week, we spoke with a futurist and master of simplicity, Bill Jensen, to give a us a little insight into the way he takes complexity out of work and relationships. Having heard from so many people over the last few weeks that they are working harder and their schedule seems more complex than ever before, we thought it essential to share some of his insights…and a little wisdom gathered from others.
Today, Simplify Everything
In our effort to emerge from quarantine, the goal could become this simple – get intentional about removing complexity and confusion from your routine, your relationships, your day and your business to accomplish maximum results with minimal effort.
Leonardo Da Vinci described simplicity as the ultimate form of sophistication. It is a virtue worth striving for, yet it all too often seems difficult to find or deliver, even if and when we actually have time to think about it at all.
Adding simplicity creates a real sense of relief and freedom in this increasingly complex world and during uncertain times. We need to actively pursue it, use it as a benchmark measurement of well-designed processes, and include it as a part of every decision we make.
Simplicity beats complexity
As Einstein said, “Everything should be as simple as it can be, but not simpler”. This is a scientist’s statement of knowledge – of lightness, completeness and accuracy.
As a matter of course, modern business evolution contains the seed for complexity. It does not encourage simplicity. Have you seen anyone advertise any tech stack with fewer features or an automobile offering limited appointments?
Wall to wall complexity and boundless options are here to stay. It is a new normal.
Simplicity is a particularly good thing. It often does not precede complexity, but follows it. Simplicity removes waste from our value chains. It saves time and money. It improves decision making to give you a new competitive advantage – a leg up on less effective teams who fail to peel away complexity in their organizations.
As we consider how we will take on the change we now confront, we are faced with two choices:
- Get swept away on the big wave of complexity, becoming increasingly rushed and distracted while we attempt to absorb everything thrown at us; or
- Make conscious decisions to trade off that accelerating expansion of complexity for efficiency in our business and our lives, relentlessly pruning away the unnecessary and getting back to the essential.
Reduce down to the Essentials
Recently, a friend of mine and his wife purged their entire home in a downsizing effort. For a few days, they were taking at least 4,000 pounds of stuff to the Salvation Army – old uniforms and business suits, books, binders, office supplies, toys, decor and clothes that occupied unused space in their home, and lives, for too long. Some of it was found in boxes that had not been opened in the last twenty years….over four moves! He describes it as being cathartic and says they recognized, “We were significantly unburdened by shedding the complexity brought in boxes of unused things.”
Like removing things, you should remove the busy “stuff” that robs you of time. Reaching perfect simplicity is something none of us is going to ever achieve; however, if we do not make the concerted effort and train ourselves to look for ways to simplify, we are guaranteeing our lives will become even more complex, busier and highly stressful.
Be Intentional About Shedding Complexity
Simplicity is not the process of dumbing down; nothing could be farther from the truth. The earnest effort to make the complex simple is an example of superior thinking. In fact, when we embrace simplicity – when we invite it into our lives and bake it into our businesses – true genius flourishes.
Most people are not taking voluntary actions to live more simply as acts of sacrifice. They are either doing it out of necessity or to seek deeper sources of satisfaction away from the immediacy of the distractions found in our digital, consumption-based, (mis) information filled and stressful lives.
Regardless of motive, the solution requires significant acts of intentional simplicity, radically new routines, and a little common sense. For example, many high-tech gurus and executives are now mandating electronic free days. Tech time outs force you to work in different ways and exercise areas of your mind that may be left dormant when depending on gadgetry.
The opportunities for radical simplicity abound when we know where to look. Know, too, the simple life is not simple. Temptation will present itself with new features, greater, speed, clever design, luxury and other fascinating gimmicks. But, if we are to move forward in improving the quality of our existence post pandemic, that will certainly include a shift toward simpler, sustainable and more satisfying ways of living.
Add Simplicity to Hiring
As we do with each guest, we asked Bill how he would hire. While many give us a list of 8-10 things they are looking for, Bill, who refers to himself digitally as a simpleton, was true to his word. He shares with us his “designed thinking” theories on talent and how storytelling has become the essence of our work (remember, simple is sophisticated).
1. They must be able to tell a story about the human impact of what they did. At the center of everything is a person – a wife, son, aunt, granddude, friend, etc – that depends on your service or product and the solution it provides. When you can elegantly and simply tell a story about what you have done to change the world, even as part of a team, and take it down to the simplest level of a single human, then you will be able to share your belief in that product or service. Look for folks who can do this about what they did; better yet, seek out those who can do it, on some level, when talking about what you do.
2. They must be able to tell the business story, without the busyness. We are all seeking those who have made a significant business impact on the teams for which they have worked. They certainly need to be able to share with you how they helped their company turn a profit. Possibly more important, though, is can they tell you how they learned, developed and even changed in that experience.
3. Specific to leaders – the best are those who truly know themselves (emotional intelligence) and can clearly articulate something in their life that changed them. What was the “aha” moment, with some failure in the middle, that helped form who they are today and inform the way they lead others?
Simply, we help you:
- Craft a clear definition of the hiring requirements. What are the MUST HAVE items?
- Get clear on ownership of the hiring process. Who is ultimately responsible for the hire?
- Build a relevant team to make the decision for the hire. Who else interviews? How?
- Hire for functional attributes AND fit. Do they complement and add to the strength of the team or group?
- Use avenues beyond the interview to guide your choice. Are they really who they say they are?
- Create a clear and concise process. Who validated their claims? Who asks what questions? References?
- Onboard well (and simply). How do you acclimate them to your team / company / products?
Now, more than ever, it is time to get really serious about simplifying your hiring process. Our team is here to help.
At CercaTalent+, we are professionals working with professionals to fine tune talent branding. If you are a leader looking to expand or relaunch your team with professionals who are focused on delivering work in which they take pride, and you can be proud of, every day, then we would be privileged to help you in the process. Having been pros ourselves in the fields where we focus, we know the ins and outs of the companies, the business and the customers.
Partner with the group that can SIMPLY talk shop and gain rapport with the pros who will lead your business into the future. Let’s figure out what is going to help you in your quest to select those “A” players that will provide you a 10X return on your time and investment.
Once our Talent+ Processes are implemented, you will be delighted by the results. You will feel focused and better prepared for the future with the talent you have or in recruting the talent you seek. You will experience far more energy and greater peace of mind in the effort— something we can all use a hefty dose of right about now.
Just email me today at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will begin the process of connecting you to Top Talent that will help you set records.
ATTENTION: Bill is offering us an opportunity to get his latest book, The Day Tomorrow Said No, for FREE. To get this free resource, you can either send an email to email@example.com or you can click this link http://bit.ly/2LjMA2 and you will send the book your way.
As always, we recommend that you connect with Bill on LinkedIn. You don’t want to miss out on his content. You can find him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simpletonbill/
Want to learn more about Bill, his books, his keynotes, or how to have him speak at your next event (Live or Virtual)? Here is the company Website: https://www.simplerwork.com/
Lastly, if you haven’t connected with Scott, please connect with him on LinkedIn. You can find him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottrivers/
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Scott Rivers is the Managing Director of Cerca Talent+, a talent agency for the Diagnostic and Life Science Industries. Scott’s recruiting experience extends into the areas of Diagnostics, Life Sciences, Oncology and Genetics. His team manages recruitment for all levels within the commercial area of these businesses.
As a leader who has worked at all levels of commercial, medical sales and global marketing, Scott is an intense professional who works with organizations to fine tune talent branding. If you are a leader looking to expand your team with professionals who are focused on delivering work in which they take pride, and you can be proud of, every day, then Scott would be privileged to help you in the process. Having been a professional in the fields where you focus, Scott knows the ins and outs of the companies, the business and the customers you are working to come alongside.
Cerca Talent+ is a full-service Executive Search Firm with a strategic focus in the areas of Clinical Diagnostics, Molecular Diagnostics and Oncology, Genomic and Genetic Medicine. Our clients choose Cerca because of our deep understanding of the industries we serve. They continue to work with us based on our extensive market knowledge, vast connections and quality of results.
We Provide Top Talent to create Peak Performance. That’s a good match for any company. Partner with the group that can talk shop and gain rapport with the pros who will lead your business into the future. Email Scott Rivers today at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call direct at 201-594-2101, and we will begin the process of finding you Top Gun Talent guaranteed to help you set records.