Simple Rules, Step #2. Choose a Bottleneck

QUOTE: The authors say the simple rules can be applied to work and personal challenges through a three-step process:
#2. Choose a Bottleneck
Bottlenecks are “a specific activity or decision where simple rules can exert the greatest impact in helping you move the needles.” Weima Maschinenbau, a German manufacturing equipment maker, had the capacity to fill orders for about 1,000 of its process machines annually. But its sales department was getting 10,000 requests for proposals from customers. The bottleneck: How to quickly figure out which sales requests to pursue in order to maximize the company’s revenues and profits.
“Be sure to choose a substantial bottleneck — a genuinely clogging, recurring activity,” says Eisenhardt. “In business, Google identified such a bottleneck in the challenge of hiring top computer scientists. In online dating, it might be discovering the need to write an effective first message to win over a potential date.”  [1]




Blogging is becoming more and more common as a method for writers, including pastors, to share information with their communities and context. I have been blogging at since August 28, 2012. This blog has grown to 1129 posts and over 340,255 words.
And it is a God-awful mess – an ‘everything bucket’ containing everything under the sun, most of which is unfinished, unhelpful and unlovely. Sort of like a garden that has become entirely overgrown. It has lost all focus.
I’ve been pondering what to do about it for several years.

QUESTIONS for thinking it through:
How could this clarify my Reality?
How could this benefit if added to my Disciplines?
Who needs to hear this?

[1] Conquering Complexity With Simple Rules: A Stanford professor offers a better way to make decisions by Theodore Kinni. April 14, 2015 , at



The photo is by geralt and is from Pixabay.

QUOTE (emphasis mine):


NOTE (my commentary)


What gets my attention?
Do I understand the need or problem?
Do I understand the potential solution?
Do I understand how to apply that strategy?
What questions do I have for the experts? What might be the answers?
Who needs to hear this?
What do I do next?

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