Bringing Simplicity to the Table

Adam Steck is a simple guy. He prefers chocolate and vanilla ice cream. His closet is lined with hanging shirts, with many a similar shade of blue. For two years he ordered the same sandwich at Subway. He was so consistent the manager would start on his order as soon as he stepped through the door. His response to the matter: “That way I don’t have to think about it.”  

On the other hand, due in part to his love of keeping things simple, he doesn’t like maintenance. He would rather things run on their own. If someone would invent a light bulb that never had to be replaced or a self- changing air filter, he’d invest in them.  Anything to eliminate a step or a thought in the process runs right up his alley.

 

Since the day the first coils hit the shop floor, Adam has brought these same principles of simplicity to the table. One of his goals has been to “work himself out of a job.” Not because he doesn’t like his job, but because he wants to focus on what’s important.  

Keeping things simple allows Adam to focus on what’s really important. To him, that is people.

 When you go to lunch with a friend, you don’t want to spend the whole time deciding on what to order. You want, instead to spend that time connecting with your guest and being engaged with them. The same applies to business. 

If every minute of Adam’s day is spent on fulfilling simple procedures, then there’s no time left to connect with team members, customers, interested inquirers or other people having a hard day.

Adam has intentionally placed “systems” around him to take that pressure off. It could be a computer program to aide in efficiency, or adding another team member to add more value to an area instead of Adam dealing with it directly. This way, the company isn’t built around one person. If Adam was ever to be taken out of the picture, the company could still run its daily operations. Adam plays a key role, but doesn’t own the only key to the business. 

At the end of this life, the building we manufacture out of, the stalls we produce, the machines we use -will all burn. These are things we can’t take with us when God calls us home. On the flip side, the relationships we build, the dreams we participate in, the joy we spread throughout each day – those things will endure beyond this life. 

When asked his phone number, it is said Albert Einstein couldn’t tell you. He said he never called himself, so why should he remember the number? There were so many other important, pressing equations and conclusions to write, explore and memorize.

Why should he waste the brain capacity in a phone number that he wouldn’t use?  It may sound vanilla, but sometimes we have to say “no” to spending time deciding on what flavor ice cream to get, so we can say “yes” to more important things. 

To read more from Julie, go to her blog at www.steckfamily5.blogspot.com