October 21, 2011

I recently received an email with the following Warren Buffet quote from a CNBC interview. “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes. You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.”

 Now this will never happen, but the quote made me reflect on how often difficult issues can be resolved with simple solutions.  In my coaching practice, I occasionally witness clients who get so immersed with the complexity of an issue, they fail to look for the simple solution.

The next time you’re in a meeting facing a difficult issue, take a minute to explore the obvious, or the simple solution. You might be surprised how often it works. This leads me to close with a short Steve Jobs video explaining the complexities of success. The video quality is marginal, but the message is not:


Passion for what you do and having a great team, success is pretty simple.  Does your passion and team meet the Steve Jobs success test?

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