Simplicity or complexity… Which drives the pace of progress ?

By Caroline Hampson | Accountable

Simplicity or complexity…

Which would you choose to drive the pace of progress?

When was the last time you sat back and thought “ how on earth has it taken me so long to complete that – it seemed so simple before I started!”

That was me this morning. Then out of nowhere the phrase popped into my head “simplicity is the far side of complexity”. Of course, I then had to ask google where it came from, which may give an indication of some of my work patterns that maybe aren't always helpful for making progress at pace.

One of the options google gave me was a blog post written by Jodee Bock called Revisiting Simplicity and Complexity...   A brilliant article for two reasons and not just because it gave me inspiration for today’s blog articleText

Reason 1 – The realisation that simplicity has two sides to it... 

...the only challenge is that complexity comes in-between the two and I want to get to simplicity on the far side of complexity.

As some of you will know I have recently launched a new brand, Leadership Spark, a series of thought-provoking downloadable activities to drive high performance in individuals and teams. The vision is that this will give so many more leaders and teams both the access and the confidence and skill to use these activities with their teams without the costs involved in investing in external coaches or facilitators. As with all new ideas they only take on a life of their own when the rest of the world knows about them. This morning that challenge was seeing like a very big and daunting task, so much complexity involved with numerous online platforms to choose from, millions of conversations you could take part it and so many options in terms of media solutions.

This is when I came upon Jodee’s article and the inspiration to continue to find a path through the complexity one step at a time because the simplicity on the far side will be worth the effort.

Reason 2 – How awesome is the power of the internet...

...and the potential it provides us with to make a difference in the world.


Jodie’s blog, according to the date header, was written in 2005. Facebook had only been in existence for 12 months, LinkedIn had a reach of 100,000 members. I found it 14 years later and it had an impact for me today. The thought that words I write today could not only have an impact on one of you today, but could continue to be found for years to come is inspiration in itself to continue my journey to the far side of complexity.

And the fact is I have made progress, today’s blog is written. I’m now going to take my own advice and use one of the Focus Five Spark Cards to ask myself the 5 questions that drive progress to help recognise what could drive the pace a little quicker next time.

What is the one thing that’s got in the way of progress at pace for you today?

Drop me a note in the comments box below...

About the Author

Caroline is coach and facilitator who has been working with companies around the world for the past 10 years. She is passionate about helping people develop outstanding leadership.

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