Complicated and later?

Hugh Macleod sent an email today on the difference between complex and complicated. I liked this bit:

The idea of simplicity in business has in recent years taken on a whole new significance. Our friend Robert Cooper likes to say that the brain loves ‘complicated and later’ the idea that we are hard wired to enjoy making things hard and this helps us justify postponing decisions.

Ah yes if things are complicated and later, then high status players can talk about them for hours in concerned tones. Shades of marshmallow challenge.

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