DESPERATELY SEEKING SIMPLICITY

"When we ask executives — as we did recently at Bain & Company to 377 across the world — they say that they do not face inadequate opportunities. Rather, their biggest barrier by far (about 85% of the time) relates to the internal complexity of their organizations and the management of their energy against that.

Today, complexity has become the silent killer of profitable growth in business, and sometimes of CEO careers.

Is it time to raise the pursuit of simplification to a higher level of importance in most companies?​"

This article appeared in the Harvard Business Review (subscription may be required).