I have got opportunities to work with diverse groups, organisations, people and cultures. I find that when it comes to process and procedures at work, there are two broad categories of people.
Here is the summary of differentiation:
|Simplicity Masters||Complexity Masters|
|Approach – In general, they trust others and base their approach based on best intentions, trust, collaboration and continuous learning||Approach – In general, they see risks everywhere. So, their approach is based on distrust and individual effort.|
|Justification of existence – They justify their existence at work by simplifying complex process and procedure and promoting teamwork||Justification of existence – They justify their existence at work by complicating simple process and procedures. They see everything as risk. So, they propose to set up risk mitigation at every step of the process.|
|Objective – Their objective is to undertake value add work||Objective – Their objective is to mitigate every risk without thinking how much work they are creating for themselves and others|
|Lead – They lead by logic. They convince others about new processes by describing underlying logic and common sense||Lead – They lead by experience. They convince others about new processes by describing years of experience, number of grey hairs (or no hairs) on their heads and sometime referring to best practice.|
|Focus – They focus on the objective of given task, process or procedure.||Focus – They focus on telling everyone how much they know. So, they may pick and debate on least important topics.|
So which category you fall under? Or you see yourself somewhere in between? More importantly, what are you doing to become Simplicity master?