This post was inspired by an iconic industrial designer’s principles, which also offer guidance for effective business strategies.
“An impenetrable confusion of forms, colours, and noises,” concerned Dieter Rams 40 years ago. As reported by Vitsoe, this prompted the industrial designer, celebrated worldwide for his functional, unobtrusive furniture and product designs, to develop his 10 Principles for Good Design.
Rams summed up his design philosophy as “Less, but better,” which one of his clients, appliance-maker Braun, uses as a marketing slogan.
In support of his principles, Dieter Rams advocates “disregarding anything that can possibly detract from usefulness,” and “concentrating on the essential aspects, and not burdened with non-essentials.” He stresses “making a product understandable” and using “as little design as possible.”
Interestingly, the focus and simplification emphasized in Dieter Rams’s principles offer guidance for effective business strategies, too.
Works for business strategies, too
As a business, marketing, and sales strategist, I often observe a confusion of priorities, products, and messaging in companies. Here are my 10 principles for good business and marketing strategies to unravel these complications and confusion:
The biggest mistake I see companies make is a failure to define and focus on their compelling opportunities.
I admit it is not easy to do, as there are never-ending temptations to pursue new avenues, and saying goodbye to revenues from mediocre business lines can be very challenging.
Nevertheless, if a company is ever to have a bright future, and reach its full potential, clarity, simplification, and focus on the compelling opportunities – and clear messages are the only way to go.
Steve Jobs agreed
Apple’s visionary, Steve Jobs, certainly knew the importance of both good product design and clear business strategies. Here’s what he said: “That’s been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it is worth it in the end, because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
“Less, but better” is all about focus and simplicity. While the process to prune business and marketing strategies back can be difficult, it is worth the effort to get there.