We are great at complicating things, aren’t we? Us humans. Especially in business.
I was particularly struck by this during a conversation today at a networking breakfast when somebody was talking about something very complicated involving international teams of MBAs, Professional Advisors, IP Licencing and assets spread across multiple business entities. All of which is, no doubt, right and relevant but of no real interest to me. Not at that time anyway.
I turned to my friend Steve Coburn and we agreed that business can be very straightforward. When we value people, apply ‘common sense’ and attempt to do good, we can’t go too far wrong.
Stripping stuff back can be helpful sometimes, and as I left the event for my first meeting of the day, something Matt Haig wrote came to mind. It is simple, profound and true; and I’d like to share it with you:
It comes from Reasons to Stay Alive
How to stop time: kiss.
How to travel in time: read.
How to escape time: music.
How to feel time: write.
How to release time: breathe.
Everyone with a half-decent job has a job and a half to do. And, yes, I do enable our clients to measurably improve the way they deliver their critical results within high volume, high velocity workloads, but its the quiet word, the ‘Thank You’ card, the personal stuff that people share with me about what it means to regain control of their workloads that gets me out of bed in the morning.
Let me know if you think I can be of help.