Satisfactory Efficiency

Systems are beautiful. They organise fragmented parts of a whole into sections which can be calculated, processed and understood separately.

Systems take chaos and churn it into order.

But we can get lost in systemisation. A good system generates resource for the users of the system; the amount of time and energy it takes to run is less than that it would take to do the same job without the system. Occasionally, those obsessed with perfecting the system can end up spending more time managing the system than it would take to actually do the work.

We see this style of faffing in too many important organisations who are dedicated to doing good things; we can never afford to let our passion for process get in the way of our desires of execution.

Outcomes come first. Without them, your planning means nothing.

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