I am always impressed by simple systems. Here is one example I often experience ordering food; it could be Chinese, pizza, or the deli. The entire phone call in under 20 seconds.
Dial the phone number… phone rings…
Hi Brian. Thank you for calling blank. Would you like the same thing you ordered last time?
Okay, great. See you at 4:40
Me: thank you
In the game Far Cry 4 where true victory takes raw instinct and killer skills, one of the objectives is to take-over outposts and fortresses. There are obvious ways to enter a fortress, some not so obvious. If we go in one of the heavily guarded main entrances, we are likely to encounter heavy resistance. The risk is greater, they may set-off alarms. If that happens, you’ll have a new wave of problems to deal with as reinforcements arrive. Do you have enough ammo?
However, if we can find an alternative entrance, we can enter the fortress undetected and strategically take-out the resistance one-by-one undetected with a single arrow and accomplish the same goal.
This is the same mindset I use for solving problems. I look for solutions to minimize resistance from reaching the objective. Side-stepping known problems (obstacles) along the way ensures efficient entrance into the fortress.
The beauty of the end result becomes, “You made it look so easy” or ” What just happened?”
What appears to be problems are not really problems until we make them our problem.
I think the best example is How to paint a room in 6 minutes. The video epitomizes the result of side-stepping problems. When we avoid all of the known problems associated with painting, well, we’re left with pure efficiency. That is what happens when we change our mind when presented with options.
Step 1: Identify the obstacles in our way
Are you the biggest obstacle standing in your way?
Back in 1998 I worked in telecommunications as a bandwidth broker. I was hired to grow a new Internet start-up from the upstairs hallway of a house. Myself and two others started in the company with virtually nothing and grew the company to sell for 30 million 18-months later.
While that might sound impressive, what you might find more impressive is how we did it. An efficient and effective strategy is required. I have a ton on my plate right now, but I have been working on a piece to discuss how we did it.
The key takeaway was identifying a target no one else could see. By the time people caught on to what we were doing, the company sold and many new companies copied what we were doing.
It’s an intriguing story to say the least to learn how strategy changed how the internet operates today as the result of what we did. We were a company partnered with Cisco to find the most efficient way to pass traffic on the internet.