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Every day we have problems to solve and decisions to make. Too often, the steps we take to address them result in more complexity, rather than less. That is where simple rules come in.
Donald Sull, bestselling author of Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World offers a six-step framework for better decision-making that has been tested with individuals and with organizations. An expert in global strategy, Don is a senior lecturer at MIT and a former professor at Harvard University and the London Business School. Using vivid examples and powerful stories, Don helps us see the creative impact of developing and applying simple rules.
In this episode, we talk about:
- ways simple rules support strategy and encourage innovation
- the ways simple rules beat out one-size-fits-all rules
- the six-part framework to make simple rules of your own
- why we need to involve the users of the rules in the creation process
- how feedback only makes rules better over time
- how simple rules can support personal and organizational agency and ownership
Selected Links to Topics Mentioned
Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World by Donald Sull and Kathleen Eisenhardt
The Gates Foundation
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Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
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Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
Young Presidents Organization
Tina Fey and 30 Rock
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