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Less is more

[ 2013-03-13 10:28] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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Less is moreWas there strain at a company that, at one point, simultaneously had a CIO, a CDO and an online president? Durchslag maintains that all of Best Buy's senior leaders agreed on the company's priorities, though he acknowledges that perhaps there were too many technology cooks.

"Less is more in organizational questions during a turnaround," he says. In any case, hours after Gillett called the CEO to resign, power was consolidated under Durchslag: He now oversees online business and marketing as well as the customer loyalty program. He praised Gillett as "an inspiring leader" in a recommendation he wrote on LinkedIn after Gillett left. Gillett declined to be interviewed.

My comments:

Painters sometimes talk about less is more, i.e. a painter sometimes gets a better picture by fewer strokes than he does with one full of inks and paint. Architects too talk about less is more, or minimalism –producing a more appealing design by keeping things simple rather than overcomplicated.

In our example, less is more in an organization means fewer posts and positions of leadership. In other words, fewer officials may lead to reduced bureaucracy.

In China, the government is creating larger ministries by combining existing ones. By big ministry, they’re trying to achieve the same thing, fewer bureaucrats and hopefully greater efficiency.

Big ministries, small government, as it is sometimes called.

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About the author:

Zhang Xin(张欣) has been with China Daily since 1988, when he graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Write him at: zhangxin@chinadaily.com.cn, or raise a question for potential use in a future column.