You make things complicated

We make things complicated because of fear or pride.  Either we fear that we will look incompetent or our pride tells us that something must "look" a certain way to measure up to protect our expectations. If we want people to be successful we should remove obstacles not create them.  The same is true for us as well, if we want to be successful we have to focus on the one thing we do better than anyone else and invest in that one thing.  I didn't say we only do that one thing.  I said we invest in that one thing, we get better at it and work hard at it.  The key is to simplify everything else in order to be able to focus on the one thing.

Great leaders simplify process and nurture the gifts that they see in people.  Managers will see a strength and assume that more should be delegated to that person, which results in talents being buried under complicated processes.  Some will refer to this as the "Peter Principle," eventually everyone of us will be promoted to incompetence, which is probably true in a community of managers.  The gut check of an organization is to ask itself, "Have we created a role that is so vastly complicated, few people are able to be successful?"  If the answer is yes, then the organization does not have a "people" problem but a "process" problem.

I hate to quote Avril LaVegne, "But why'd you have to go and make things so complicated?"

Crap, I can't believe I just quoted Avril Lavigne but you have to ask yourself when you discover things are complicated, "What is driving this to be so complicated?  Is it my fear of failing?  Or is it my pride trying to make this experience live up to what I think it should be?"  The good news, or possibly the bad news, is that we all do it.  We all have some place in our lives that we are making things complicated for ourselves and others.