Organisational or Business Minimalism

I’m sure you are familiar with the term “minimalism”. I was introduced to it years ago through The Minimalists and the idea behind “less is more” stuck with me. One of the disorders they fight against is “hoarding”.

The definition of hoarding

“Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.”

Recognise this? I see an analogy in organisations. There’s a tendency to add a new process, procedure, checklist, person or team to the organisation for every new problem. Once the problem is solved, everything stays. Nothing is deleted. The humber of systems and processes pile up to a big jumble of complexity and nobody can understand it anymore. And the work environments starts to stink…

Okay, I might be exaggerating just a tiny bit, but you do recognise what I’m saying.

I think it’s time for Organisational or business minimalism and I’m interested in your:

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