Keep-It-Complicated-Stupid!

THIS week Strictly Boardroom argues against the universality of the KISS principle when it comes to minerals sector commodity strategies.

Keep-It-Complicated-Stupid! Keep-It-Complicated-Stupid! Keep-It-Complicated-Stupid! Keep-It-Complicated-Stupid! Keep-It-Complicated-Stupid!

‘Keep it Simple Stupid’ is an age-old general management maxim for any occasion1. The concept has a potential role in the minerals sector too of course – from corporate-level strategy right through to the frontline. 

After all, why complicate things when setting the controls to ‘simple’ or ‘straightforward’ is a viable and ready business option?

Complexity, by contrast, typically takes time and effort – whereby simplicity must be cheaper and faster right? For the most part this logic is correct. Common sense?  Yes, it is - but just as it is common sense to enact the KISS principle in many business situations – it can be common sense also to ignore it on other occasions. Adopting a KISS approach can even dest...

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