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Simple Thinking by Richard Gerver

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1 The Child

“A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.”

Groucho Marx

We are trying to be a more innovative and inclusive organization,” I was told recently by a major technology company CEO. “We have smart people working for us, really smart people but whenever we talk about simplifying our systems so that we can be flexible, more responsive or more creative, people just ask endless questions. What do we do?”

My answer may appear glib, almost flippant, but it wasn't.

“Don't employ anyone over five years old!”

When you look at an abstract work of art, a Jackson Pollock or a Picasso, what do you see? Do you look for something specific? A right answer perhaps? Do you cheat and look at the description on the ...

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