Simplicity Assessment

Try the following test to determine your predisposition to complexity or simplicity (on a scale of 1 = low to 10 = high):
Question 1/10
I spend enough time defining a problem before I try to solve it.
Spend Time
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Question 2/10
When I sponsor a new initiative, I'm good at prioritizing the most important factors.
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Question 3/10
After discussions about a topic, I filter the many ideas and summarize them for my team so that we know what's important and can stay on track.
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Question 4/10
I’m good at framing multiple ideas into a coherent game plan.
Game Plan
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Question 5/10
I tend to take a "small wins" approach and sequence the series of accomplishments into a tipping point rather than trying to pull off complicated grand plans.
Small Wins
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Question 6/10
I'm good at telling stories about how it will be in the future if we are successful.
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Question 7/10
When I tell stories, I am able to build a clear line of sight between where we are now and where we want to be.
Line of Sight
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Question 8/10
I tell stories about the heroes of my agenda—people who do the right things the right way.
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Question 9/10
I avoid concept clutter by sticking to the essence of an idea when I do presentations.
Idea Essentials
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Question 10/10
I avoid buzzwords and technical jargon.
Simple Language
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Assessment Results

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You are making things much too complicated—you want action, but you have not defined outcomes. Your team is not clear about what you want from them. Make copies of this chapter and read it once a week.
You are comfortable with complexity, but others are often unsure of what you really want.
You tend to keep things simple for others but have occasional lapses where you look behind you for your team and can't find them.
Your team always knows where you stand. You are clear about what you want and when you want it, and you reward others for doing it.