Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg, better known as Rube Goldberg, was an American cartoonist, engineer, and inventor most notably known for a series of cartoons where he imagined ultra-complex, convoluted machines that perform the most simple of tasks.
Today, many colleges and organizations hold competitions to build “Rube Goldberg” machines – and the more complicated and indirect they are, the better. But can you imagine if you applied that idea to the workplace?
Are you the “Rube Goldberg” of Leadership?
Think about your leadership style. Do you have any “Rube Goldberg” tendencies when it comes to leading your team? Have you worked for leaders who made simple projects more complicated than they had to be? It’s a common tendency among new and experienced leaders alike and one that often causes more frustration than progress.
The shortest distance between two points is always a straight line. As you lead your team, focus on being direct and to the point. Your employees will appreciate the clear communication and it will help ensure the whole team is always working toward the same goals.
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”
– Peter Drucker
Do you lead your team down a straight path? Or do you prefer to explore all the “rabbit trails” you come across during a project? Let us know in the comments section below.