Learning means add!

I think we are moving to a new economy, where consumerism begins to be subject to critical analysis and where consumers are willing to accept fewer resources when products or services provide more. It is a question of balance.

The balance between adding and removing “things” in creativity and innovation means adding benefits by removing features. Among those benefits there is elegance.

“The aim of elegance is to maximize the effect with minimum means. Is an elusive target. Scientists, mathematicians, and engineers search for theories that explain highly complex phenomena in stunningly simple ways. Artists and designers use white, or “negative,” space to convey visual power. Musicians and composers use pauses—silence—in the score to create dramatic tension. Dancers and elite athletes deliver their maximum performances by minimizing unnecessary exertion. – Matthew E. May

In an organizational context, we have tendency to try to solve complex problems, putting pressure on ourselves, or attempting to gather a substantial number of data and this causes a thunderous noise in our brain. What we need is less noise, but not of absolute silence prolonged.

For example, if we need to solve a complex problem, rather than meet a set of people and experts expect a solution, two things are important, on the one hand bring together the various disciplines that contribute to the solution and on the other hand allow every man for he relax to after submitting its proposal for a solution.

Often in these moments of relax, you eliminate aspects not relevant or are shortcuts, less visible to reach a solution.

It is important that this solution is unique and if possible that results from the subtraction of elements not cost-effective or merely accessories instead of being a result of adding redundancy.

Only when the changes resulting from the addition and subtraction are seen as being potential sources of equal value, companies going completely explore all your options. Companies need to look for both what must remove as to what to add.

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” – Charles Mingus

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