In business, the natural response is often to make things EVEN MORE complicated than they need to be. Business is inherently complicated anyway, so if that’s how the game is played, you might as well get the credit. Not to mention, it gives people the opportunity to show off how clever they are, something most clever people can’t resist.
Yet when studied more closely, you realize the best stories in business are the simple ones.
Like this one:
In the early days of the Techcrunch blog, Mike Arrington soon found he could no longer do the whole job himself, so he needed to find someone to help him, his first hire.
So he hired a promising young writer, Jason Kinkaid. He had no official instructions or job description for Jason, except the following two short sentences:
“You’ve got a month. Make yourself irreplaceable.”
And Jason did exactly that. In less than a month.
Nothing complicated about that. But real business never is.