Really finding some good stuff in my investigation of Church Unique by Will Mancini.  There’s been a lot written and said lately about simplicity.  How about this quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes?

I would not give a fig for simplicity on this side of complexity, but I would give my life for simplicity on the other side of complexity.

Simplicity "on this side of complexity" is less than genuine.  On the "other side of complexity" it’s the whole story. 

Quotebook: Simplicity
  • Mark, nice post on simplicity. You might want to check out a book titled ‘Simplicity: The New Competitive Advantage in a World of More, Better, Faster’ by Bill Jensen.
    I posted about it here…
    http://livingthedash.wordpress.com/2008/03/10/simplicity/
    and
    http://livingthedash.wordpress.com/2008/03/11/chipotle/
    and
    http://livingthedash.wordpress.com/2008/03/23/work-complexity/

  • Looks interesting! Thanks Aaron!
    mark

  • We’ve been talking at our staff meetings about the simplicity. So many of our clients have had bad experiences with consultants that have added complexity to the organization’s operations.
    The Holmes quote is particularly interesting in this regard.
    Holmes is a favorite of mine. He saw the good and bad of simplicity and complexity in battle during the Civil War.
    “The Metaphysical Club” by Louis Menand was where I started to understand the context for quotes from Holmes like the one above.
    Well worth the read.
    Keep creating…the valuable kind of simplicity,
    Mike