Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World by Donald Sull, Kathleen M. Eisenhardt

By Donald Sull, Kathleen M. Eisenhardt

HOW SIMPLICITY TRUMPS COMPLEXITY IN NATURE, company, AND LIFE

Complexity surrounds us. we have now an excessive amount of e mail, juggle a number of remotes, and hack via thickets of rules from telephone contracts to health and wellbeing plans. yet complexity isn't future. Sull and Eisenhardt argue there's a greater manner. by way of constructing a couple of easy but powerful principles, humans can top even the main advanced problems.

In Simple Rules, Sull and Eisenhardt masterfully problem how we predict approximately complexity and provide a brand new lens on find out how to cope. They take us on a stunning journey of what easy principles are, the place they arrive from, and why they paintings. The authors illustrate the six forms o f ideas that actually topic - for aiding artists locate creativity and the Federal Reserve set rates of interest, for conserving birds on course and Zipcar contributors prepared, and for the way insomniacs can sleep and mountain climbers remain safe.

Drawing on rigorous examine and riveting tales, the authors ingeniously locate insights in unforeseen areas, from the best way Tina Fey codified her event at Saturday evening reside into ideas for generating 30 Rock (rule 5: by no means inform a loopy individual he's loopy) to burglars' ideas for theft ("avoid homes with a vehicle parked outside") to eastern engineers mimicking the foundations of slime molds to optimize Tokyo's rail method. The authors supply clean details and functional tips about solving outdated ideas and studying new ones.

even if you're being affected by details overload, pursuing possibilities with constrained assets, or simply attempting to swap your undesirable conduct, Simple principles provides robust perception into how and why simplicity tames complexity.

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