Less is more

Less is more.

I’m learning that as a new leadership principle. It can be applied to all aspects of our life, in fact.

Google’s interface is “less”. Yahoo and MSN are “more”. Who’s got the more user base?

The iPod is less. Remember your Sony Walkman back in the 90s? Remember the multiple buttons “Play, Pause, Rewind, Forward”? iPod has one button that does everything.

At work, when I started doing less, I actually accomplish more. This has been my experience in the past 2 month that started when I asked my wife to join me in managing the business. When I delegated to her some of my administrative work, I had to focus on the production and marketing aspects of the business. So far, I appreciate the set up. I can do more.

What do you have to do less so you can do more?

  • http://www.microisv.com.ph Greg Moreno

    The iPod appears to only have 1 button which is actually confusing for 1st time users especially by just looking at it. But, once you experimented with it, you can easily get into the flow and the functions of the wheel changes with the context which is cool.

    iPod has actually more features than your walkman :)

    Do you want less money or more money?
    Do you want more friends or less friends?

    I guess what we want is less of things we hate, and more of things we love :)

  • http://www.microisv.com.ph Greg Moreno

    The iPod appears to only have 1 button which is actually confusing for 1st time users especially by just looking at it. But, once you experimented with it, you can easily get into the flow and the functions of the wheel changes with the context which is cool.

    iPod has actually more features than your walkman :)

    Do you want less money or more money?
    Do you want more friends or less friends?

    I guess what we want is less of things we hate, and more of things we love :)

  • http://arnoldgamboa.com Arnold

    You are correct about iPod. In fact, that’s my point. One button, more functionalities. Which is good.

    I guess the “Less is more” principle applies to some aspects of life, some do not. For instance, I may want more friends, but I need a less number of friends in my inner circle. Reason? So I can really have an intimate, close relationship with them. I can’t be intimately connected with a hundred. That’s humanly impossible.

  • http://arnoldgamboa.com Arnold

    You are correct about iPod. In fact, that’s my point. One button, more functionalities. Which is good.

    I guess the “Less is more” principle applies to some aspects of life, some do not. For instance, I may want more friends, but I need a less number of friends in my inner circle. Reason? So I can really have an intimate, close relationship with them. I can’t be intimately connected with a hundred. That’s humanly impossible.