As a business leader, entrepreneur, or business owner it is almost outrageous to consider think that people will actually do what they are told the first time you tell them.
In most cases, people have to be told, retold, and reminded what they have already been told.
This is why accountability and community are so critical to success.
So here is a simple rule our friends at AOK High Performance teach their clients.
The rule is simple, and I promise you have probably heard it before.
Keep It Simple Son …
Because simplicity is genius!
Anyone that thinks otherwise will not be in business long. Because no one desires to follow anything complex.
And as High-Performing Leaders, getting people to follow us means everything to our growth and sustainability.
But don’t take my word for it.
Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin) said, “Complexity is your enemy. Any fool can make something complicated. It is hard to keep things simple.”
E.F. Schumacher preceded this quote by saying, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
How to Make this Practical
In your day to day actions, try your best to keep requirements simple. A rule of thumb is 3-5.
People’s minds are programmed to work around the number three with perfection.
They think like this “1…2…3…Alot!”
If you are giving oral directions, to someone that does not know you…give one objective.
Just one. That is all.
If you are talking to someone with history of transactions, give no more than three objectives.
They can handle more because they are aware of many more of your social cues. They can pick up on far more than the someone unfamiliar with you.
So the message will carry more potency.
Only… and I repeat.
ONLY… if you are sending a WRITTEN message should you ever give more than three objectives.
There is no hidden secret that lies in written messages over oral
Other than the fact people can go back and review what has been written.
Any directive that goes beyond 5 steps will probably result in something being lost in transition.
Give this a try and let me know how it goes.
Fix your crown, rule the day! ?