Simple Rules: How to Succeed in a Complex World

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How simplicity trumps complexity in nature, business, and life.

We struggle to manage complexity every day. We follow intricate diets to lose weight, juggle multiple remotes to operate our home entertainment systems, face proliferating data at the office, and hack through thickets of regulation at tax time. But complexity isn't destiny. Sull and Eisenhardt argue there's a better way: by developing a few simple yet effective rules, you can tackle even the most complex problems.

Simple rules are a hands-on tool to achieve some of our most pressing personal and professional objectives, from overcoming insomnia to becoming a better manager or a smarter investor. Simple rules can help solve some of our most urgent social challenges from setting interest rates at the Federal Reserve to protecting endangered marine wildlife along California’s coast.

Drawing on more than a decade of rigorous research, the authors provide a clear framework for developing effective rules and making them better over time. They find insights in unexpected places, from the way Tina Fey codified her experience working at Saturday Night Live into rules for producing 30 Rock (rule five: never tell a crazy person he’s crazy) to burglars’ rules to choose a house to rob (“avoid houses with a car parked outside”) to Japanese engineers using the foraging rules of slime molds to optimize Tokyo’s rail system.

Whether you’re struggling with information overload, pursuing opportunities with limited resources, or just trying to change your bad habits, Simple Rules provides a powerful way to tame complexity.

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Whether you run an organization or are simply trying to survive modern life, this book is gold. Chris Anderson, curator of TED Talks

Armed with a few simple rules, you can tackle even the most complex of problems.

Drawing on more than a decade of rigorous research, Sull and Eisenhardt provide a clear framework for developing effective rules and making them better over time. They find insights in unexpected places, from the way Tina Fey codified her experience working at Saturday Night Live into rules for producing 30 Rock (rule five: never tell a crazy person he s crazy), to Japanese engineers using the foraging rules of slime molds to optimize Tokyo s rail system. This is the definitive playbook for living simply and efficiently in every sphere of life.

Simple Rules ... will help you spot unnecessary complexity, eliminate maddening frustration, make the right decisions faster, and have a whole lot more fun along way. Robert I. Sutton, best-selling author of The No Asshole Rule and coauthor of Scaling Up Excellence

We all deal with complexity now, and this book will show you how you can do more with less. Michael J. Mauboussin, head of global financial strategies, Credit Suisse

Simple Rules explains how we can manage to make meaningful progress in a world that exceeds human understanding ... This is a harbinger of the information economy to come. Steve Jurvetson, managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson

A WASHINGTON POST LEADERSHIP BOOK TO WATCH FOR 2015 A BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK MUST-READ BOOK OF THE SUMMER

DONALD SULL is a global expert on strategy and execution in turbulent markets. He is a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and formerly a professor at Harvard and the London Business School. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

KATHLEEN M. EISENHARDT is the S.W. Ascherman M.D. Professor of strategy at Stanford s School of Engineering and codirector of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She is the coauthor of the award-winning book Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos and has received numerous awards for her research. She lives in Palo Alto, California."

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We struggle to manage complexity every day. We follow intricate diets, juggle multiple TV remotes, face too much data at work, and hack through thickets of regulation at tax time. Sull and Eisenhardt argue there's a better way: by developing a few simple rules, you can tackle even the most complex problems.

Simple rules are a hands-on tool to achieve our most pressing personal and professional objectives, from overcoming insomnia to becoming a smarter investor. Simple rules can help solve our most urgent social challenges, from setting interest rates at the Federal Reserve to protecting endangered marine wildlife.

Drawing on more than a decade of research, the authors provide a framework for developing and refining effective rules. They find insights in unexpected places, from how Tina Fey codified her Saturday Night Live experiences into rules for producing 30 Rock ( never tell a crazy person he s crazy ), to burglars rules for selecting targets ( avoid houses with a car parked outside ), to Japanese engineers using the foraging rules of slime molds to optimize Tokyo s rail system.

Whether you re struggling with information overload, pursuing opportunities with limited resources, or just trying to change your bad habits, Simple Rules provides a powerful approach to taming complexity."

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