"Complex" Rule: Simple is Better

Treat others as you would be treated.

Writing at Farnam Street, Shane Parrish offers up a mini review of a new book, "Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World." If you're a manager or just sometimes feel paralyzed by the sheer number of choices or the indecipherable nature of a particular situation, you'll find his post - and the book - helpful.

Describing why simple rules, according to the book's authors, offer decision makers the freedom to apply context-specific solutions and avoid problems like "overfitting," Parrish also outlines three heuristics for decision making pulled from the book: "boundary," "prioritizing" and "stopping." When we "satisfice," or find an answer to a question that's good enough, we're using an information heuristic for stopping.

It's perfect for the Internet.

We use rules of thumb all the time, of course. Without them, we'd be overwhelmed with the effort to process every stimuli and by the sheer volume of daily information. Poets and other artists use a highly developed sensing heuristic to express buried truths. By quickly excluding unworkable or unpleasing ideas, architects and studio furniture makers use experience to guide them to useful forms.

At the IdeaFestival we think one simple rule works exceptionally well in these complex days: stay curious.

Give Parrish's post a read after the jump.

I hope to see you at IdeaFestival 2015!