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Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, is well known for his "stop doing" list.  If you're not familiar with the idea, it is simply that all of us are doing things that we need to stop doing.  Rather than simply focusing on a "to do" list, we ought to put some time into determining what we need to stop doing.

Matthew May, in his new book, In Pursuit of Elegance, points to the origins of Collins' thinking and refers to this quote from USA Today:

A great piece of art is composed not just of what is in the final piece, but equally what is not.  It is the discipline to discard what does not fit–to cut out what might have already cost days or even years of effort–that distinguishes the truly exceptional artist and marks the ideal piece of work, be it a symphony, a novel, a painting, a company, or most important of all, a life (p. 9, In Pursuit of Elegance).

May's point is that the root of the elegant solution is in what you are left with after you eliminate what's unnecessary.  Think there's anything unnecessary keeping your organization from a significant advance?

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