Rosabeth Moss Kanter on Simplicity

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Rosabeth Moss Kanter is one of my favorite business gurus, the "female Peter Drucker," as I tell people when I recommend they read her book Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End.

In her latest blog post at HBR, she tells us that the next big trend is simple: to simplify.

Among her observations:

"Companies sow the seeds of their own decline in adding too many things -- product variations, business units, independent subsidiaries -- without integrating them. They create complexity, which makes costs increase faster than the potential gains from the new parts.

"Just why did General Motors need 47 brands of cars? Was that responsible for its top-heavy load of managers? Or for cannibalization within the company?"

and this brilliant line:

"When everyone else suffers from over-complexity, there is a market for products and services that simplify life."

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