Being an avid learner and observer both in the business and church worlds, I have come to notice a quite common scenario–an organization does too much. Whether it’s a new product line, or a new ministry launch, someone comes up with an idea that seems intriguing and soon, staff and resources are applied to this new initiative (without any lowering of expectations for currently running divisions, or ministries. It seems all to reminiscent of the “make more bricks without us giving you any straw” strategy—never a long-term solution.
With that in mind, I found this excerpt from “REWORK” by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson to offer some thought-provoking insights that most organizations and leaders should at least consider:
“Watch chef Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” and you see a pattern. The menus at failing restaurants offer too many dishes. The owners think making every dish under the sun will broaden the appeal of the restaurant . Instead it makes for crappy food (and creates inventory headaches).
That’s why Ramsay’s first step is nearly always to trim the menu, usually from thirty-plus dishes to around ten. Think about that. Improving the current menu doesn’t come first. . Trimming it down comes first. Then he polishes what’s left. When things aren’t working, the natural inclination is to throw more at the problem. More people, time, and money, all that ends up doing is making the problem bigger. The right way to go is the opposite directions: cut back.”