#102 How to Make Complex Simple with Lisa Bodell

Our world is built on a lot of complexity. But what would happen if we stopped and took the time to evaluate if that complexity is serving us? What if we realized that the complexity within our organizations is actually wasting time and doing the opposite that we are hoping for? 

Today I’m joined by Lisa Bodell and we talk about why it is important to get back to simple. There can be so much value in simple things like asking ourselves what are we saying yes to? In this question you can find what you are valuing and you will instantly know if you are on track to what you’ve said is the purpose of your work. Take a listen and get ready to be very honest with yourself!

Key Points from this Episode:

  • We add complexity with the best of intentions, we are trying to solve a problem or trying to add onto a process we already have. We should spend more time stopping and getting back to simple.
  • The goal of simplifying means to get to the heart of the work, meaningful work. We get too stuck in the meetings and emails.
  • We all value getting stuff done. We all need to check our behaviors to take into account not our own work loads, but also our colleagues’ load.
  • Complexity is driven by fear and creates comfort because there are places to hide.
  • Most of us have been taught to not take risks. And no one gets punished by following the status quo so not taking risks is reinforced. 
  • Change won’t happen unless the leaders give permission.
  • ‘Kill a stupid rule’ exercise – remember to look at the rules that you adhere to each day, not only the rules in other departments.
  • The way to make change stick is to change behaviors. Instead of changing tactics, you must change behaviors. Start doing this by questioning the assumptions around you and that you are run by.
  • Complexity not only wastes time but it also kills your company culture.
  • When everything is simplified, transparency rises above everything. It is easier to spot the problems and see what needs to change to make companies more efficient and innovative.
  • Everywhere can have simplicity, no matter how regulated it is.
  • Do a calendar audit – think about how many meetings you may not be needing to attend a week!
  • These 3 behaviors are needed to embrace simplicity: Permission to be questioned, Say No, and Streamline decision making. 

Thanks for listening! If you liked this episode, you will LOVE my masterclass on how to Achieve Success in Harmony. It is all about diving into what drives you and what behaviors you could add into your life to achieve more balance in your life. Check it out here!

About Lisa

Lisa Bodell is an award-winning author and CEO of FutureThink. She was recently selected as one of the Top 50 Keynote Speakers in the World. As a futurist and expert on the topic of innovation and simplicity, she serves as a global council member of the World Economic Forum, and has helped thousands of senior leaders ignite innovation at Bloomberg, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, and more. Check out her website- https://www.futurethink.com/ – for free resources.