A Conscious Movement towards Simplicity and Minimalist

Our country, and our world for that matter, have been on a consumption binge the past few decades or so. We have acquired more "stuff", have more "wants" ..... and practically over-indulge ourselves in materialistic satisfaction.

The sign of the times, amidst the recent recession, causes many of us to re-evaluate our priorities. Such is the motive behind Jen Weigel's article, "Key to Genuine Wealth: Simplicity".

Link to Chicago Tribune

She stresses the importance of time, relationships and values. She encourages the return to a simpler era.

We have all witnessed the many TV programs focusing on the theme of hoarding, OCD and other similar mental disorders. These problems are the culmination of society's addiction to flaunting one's belongings, such as a bigger house, a nicer car, or more brand named items in clothing and so on.

Perhaps the bad economic climate is a much-needed jab in the arm, a wake-up call of sort, to help us adjust our priorities and our role in society. Perhaps it is necessary to travel down the path to a simpler, more humble and more minimalist way of life.

2 cents: "The End of Management" - Alan Murray, Wall Street Journal

DoTakeItPersonal.com would like to chime in on this article, because of the relevance to many who are living the typical office cubicle life such as the portrayal in "Dilbert".

Link to WSJ.com

It is unbelievable how destructive the management layer has affected many a start-up company's lifeline. In fact, such is the case for many established corporations that are in the growth and expansion stage as well.

So often, the existence of managerial "decision-makers" cripple the ability of those who are perfectly capable of doing fantastic things for the company. These "peons" are capable of governing/managing themselves, they are capable of making money for the company, and sometimes, even saving the company money along the way. Unfortunately, with a select few who are only there to give orders and to do nothing more than watching others perform their jobs ..... companies that are financially sound and thrive in the marketplace ..... become entities of bureaucracy and red-tape.

This is especially true in a sales department in which a sales manager provides absolutely no value to the organization other than pretending to be an "expert" on sales forecast, project management and economic outlook analysis. Of course, such an individual's main function is to monitor the rest of the sales team members daily like a "watchdog".

Any company, ever since 2007, who still believes in having such a managerial layer, deserves to falter. It really doesn't matter how big the company is, or how small it is. It really doesn't matter what industry is serves, or what demographics its customer base belongs to. By all means, it really doesn't even matter how wealthy it is and where it is physically located. At the end of the day, the fact of the matter is that we no longer conduct business like before, times have changed ..... hence, the pace and speed of execution have changed, rendering the need for greater ownership among employees/"peons" to contribute to the employer. This model also means a more direct relationship between the company and those who perform actual tasks that keep the organization rolling along. The direct process eliminate the need for a managerial layer and the folks who consider themselves "managers".