Six Simple Rules

Six Simple Rules


Six Simple Rules

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About the Book

Yves Morieux is a BCG Fellow and the director of the BCG Institute for Organization. Peter Tollman leads BCG’s People and Organization practice in North America.
Business experts describe Six Simple Rules as a seminal book—an important guide to fostering cooperation and improving productivity in complicated organizations.
July 2011

In this podcast, BCG Fellow Yves Morieux explains why the simplest solutions are often the most effective.

Smart Simplicity in Action

January 2016
Smart simplicity, supported by digital tools, can help unleash the productivity and engagement so desperately needed in the modern economy.
January 2016
Despite general challenges to productivity in biopharma R&D, a few companies continue to excel. The key is their superior organizational effectiveness, which enhances cooperative behavior among R&D staff.
December 2015
Chronic child hunger is one of the world's most complex problems. Smart Simplicity can be a powerful ally in tackling it.
July 2015
Companies have applied BCG’s Exercising for Excellence approach to reduce the costs of support functions by up to 35% while increasing productivity by approximately 50%.

Managing Complexity

May 2013
“Ingenious enterprises” bring a distinct, highly sophisticated approach to problem solving, one ideally suited to today’s increasingly complex business environment.
February 2013
Ambidexterity—the ability to excel simultaneously in efficiency and innovation—is a rare but increasingly critical asset in today’s complex business environment.
October 2011
Embracing what BCG calls smart simplicity helps companies streamline while fostering employee cooperation to develop solutions, BCG Fellow Yves Morieux writes in Harvard Business Review.


November 2015
Across virtually all industries, unprecedented disruption and market turbulence are requiring organizations to launch more frequent transformations in response.
February 2014
In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and she shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.
May 2015
New CEOs and senior executives often take over with a mandate for change. A structured four-step process can help them launch a transformation program and improve performance in a sustainable way.
January 1990

John Clarkeson wrote that the winning organization of the future will look more like a collection of jazz ensembles than a symphony orchestra. The future is here.