March 1

Catalyst Consideration: Simplify

It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences. — Aristotle

I’ve noticed the instinct lately – of individuals, government and security practitioners — seems to be one of more control.

When something seems broken, or the outcome is alternate than what was desired, the answer comes in the form of regulation, controls and otherwise restricting the options to prevent or influence the outcome.

And when these controls fail, it leads to finger pointing, grandstanding and… you guessed it… the call for more controls.

But what is the net effect of these additional controls?

Sometimes the solution is to strip controls away. To simplify.

I’ve spent the last few months pondering this message, and realize the more we ask ourselves “what is the problem we are trying to solve” the more effective we are. We need a foundation for success – and simple trumps complex.


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