Simple but not easy


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The solution to most complex problems that you could ever encounter are almost always Simple, but not easy!

You want to increase your profits; Solution is to grow your sales and reduce your costs, together. Simple, but not easy.

You want to increase your sales; Keep your existing customers happy so they buy more from you and keep adding more customers to the system. Simple, but not easy.

You want to reduce your costs; reduce and eliminate all activities that do not contribute to either acquire or service a customer. Simple, but not easy.

You want to transform yourself from a manager to a leader; Start inspiring people around you. Simple, but not easy.

It is our tendency to ignore these simple solutions as they seem to be too simple to be true and start our quest for complex solutions to solve these challenges. We start talking about Business Process Re-engineering or a re-structuring exercise hoping that these will solve our problems.

This is also the root cause for the failure of most change initiatives (almost 70% of change initiatives fail).

The best way to solve any challenge is to find the simple solution and start working towards finding the ideas to make these simple solutions come to life.

Do you agree with my thoughts? Do let me know your thoughts by either commenting below or by tweeting them to me at @rmukeshgupta.

Looking forward to the ensuing discussion.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Mukesh Gupta
I currently work for SAP as Customer advocate. In this capacity, I am responsible to ensure that the voice of the customer is being heard and play the bridge between customers and SAP. Prior to joining SAP, I have worked with different organizations serving in different functions like customer service, logistics, production planning & sales, marketing and business development functions. I was also the founder-CEO of a start-up called "Innovative Enterprises". The venture was in the retail & distribution business. I blog at


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