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Today’s advice comes from author and former consultant for Toyota Matthew E. May’s interview with Inc.“Elegance is the ability to achieve the maximum effect or impact through the minimum means. One of the best examples is the Google interface. There’s a box; there’s a lot of white space; you enter a term and search for it.”
Matthew May discusses simplicity in his books “In Pursuit of Elegance” and the upcoming “The Laws of Subtraction.” He says elegant leadership requires scaling back.
Management tends to focus on growth, adding employees and building the company rapidly, but this can end up slowing things down over time. May says leaders should ask themselves two questions: What would my employees like me to stop doing and what would my competitors hate for me to stop doing?
“Subtract anything that complicates an organisation or how its people work. Leaders like to put structures in place, but a very structured organisation can be extremely inelegant. Small companies tend to be much more elegant than large companies, because they are simple, agile, and resourceful, with a clear focus”
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