Simply Complex: The Age of Information Overload
Innovation is commonplace but integrity within tech and information dissemination leaves a great deal to be desired; the goal with all innovation in this new age of overload should always be to make the complex simple and the simple delightful.
We have access to more data and resources than ever before, but it can be increasingly hard to determine which sources are trustworthy and reliable; how do startups and entrepreneurs parse out the fact from the fiction?
As leaders we need to be aware of our own limitations when it comes to understanding the channels of information coming at us and the ultimate discernment of its reliability.
The sheer volume of information can make this task seem overwhelming and so a simple first step is to set the tone for your team on how you can collectively prevent source overload by setting boundaries within those channels and be mindful of the curation of both your teams’ content consumption and the way you, as a leader source that information.
Manage your team's expectations when it comes to how your company will source and consume information, be sure that you set the tone for how they digest and disseminate the information and lead by example, don't drink the kool aid, be calm, cool and collected…lead.
It is key that we strive for integrity in our information consumption by prioritizing the quality of the information we consume over the quantity of sources that we view. And while the responsibility should lay on those pushing the information out into the world - as we all know - that is not the case and so we must find ways to ensure that integrity ourselves so that our leadership and workforce is not affected.
Making the complex simple should always be at the forefront of the innovations coming down the pike but until then we must commit to informational honesty by curating reliable information and avoiding the pitfalls of not only consuming misinformation but above all else, disseminating that information to our teams.
As a leader it is about finding the right balance between complexity and simplicity, quality over quantity, and always prioritizing the quality of the interaction over the use of the technology that provided that interaction.
Those water cooler moments can be fun, bonding even, but sharing information for the sake of being included just seems to be adding to the noise; and isn’t it noisy enough?
Dev ops. Source code. Oh my! What can we learn from this information overload and how can we cut through the noise to create success and domination for our startups?
We must first have the language to solve the problem at hand, to truly create the needed innovation to solve the problem that no other innovator can solve.
After all, isn't this the first step of any successful startup?
In the age of information overload - the language is diluted, is noise and not substance. A series of merely undeveloped ideas with a mountain of language, text, and opinions thrown at them no matter their validity.
And in this computerized, internet driven world it is important, imperative actually, to not only have harmony in our leaders example and source language but also in our clients needs and understanding of the problem.
It is when this balance is met; it is when we can look out on the horizon, as complex as it may be, with all of its problems to solve and cut through the noise to the solution - to the sharing and dissemination of the exact information needed to solve that exact problem.
To create success in your startup you must first crack the code on overload.
Based on excerpts from our Biz/Dev podcast Episode 78.