Save to My Latticework unsave

Addition by Subtraction
Addition by Subtraction
Addition by Subtraction
save0 saved view6.8K views
Share this with your network
Share this with your network
Overview

Commonly used in art and sport, but just as relevant for product design, UX, architecture, entrepreneurship, personal development, and al ...

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut non sine causa ex iis memoriae ducta sit disciplina. Aliter enim nosmet ipsos nosse non possumus. Aut unde est hoc contritum vetustate proverbium: quicum in tenebris? Sed mehercule pergrata mihi oratio tua.

Longum est enim ad omnia respondere, quae a te dicta sunt. Duo Reges: constructio interrete.

Hoc est non modo cor non habere, sed ne palatum quidem. Quid enim de amicitia statueris utilitatis causa expetenda vides. At iam decimum annum in spelunca iacet. Etenim semper illud extra est, quod arte comprehenditur. Solum praeterea formosum, solum liberum, solum civem, stultost; Quo modo autem optimum, si bonum praeterea nullum est? Quamquam haec quidem praeposita recte et reiecta dicere licebit. Quid enim est a Chrysippo praetermissum in Stoicis?

Share this model with your network to be smarter, faster, together!
Actionable Takeaways
  • Pause before you add. 

Whether you’re facing a pro ...

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nec vero alia sunt quaerenda contra Carneadeam illam sententiam. At iste non dolendi status non vocatur voluptas. Sed quia studebat laudi et dignitati, multum in virtute processerat. Fortasse id optimum, sed ubi illud: Plus semper voluptatis? Eaedem res maneant alio modo. Quodcumque in mentem incideret, et quodcumque tamquam occurreret. Atque hoc loco similitudines eas, quibus illi uti solent, dissimillimas proferebas. Sed vos squalidius, illorum vides quam niteat oratio. Duo Reges: constructio interrete.

Huius, Lyco, oratione locuples, rebus ipsis ielunior. Luxuriam non reprehendit, modo sit vacua infinita cupiditate et timore. Quae duo sunt, unum facit. An est aliquid, quod te sua sponte delectet? Scaevola tribunus plebis ferret ad plebem vellentne de ea re quaeri. Sed quid attinet de rebus tam apertis plura requirere?

In motu et in statu corporis nihil inest, quod animadvertendum esse ipsa natura iudicet? Eam si varietatem diceres, intellegerem, ut etiam non dicente te intellego; Quam ob rem tandem, inquit, non satisfacit? Nam si quae sunt aliae, falsum est omnis animi voluptates esse e corporis societate. Hoc non est positum in nostra actione. Si enim ita est, vide ne facinus facias, cum mori suadeas. Hanc ergo intuens debet institutum illud quasi signum absolvere. At iste non dolendi status non vocatur voluptas. Quod idem cum vestri faciant, non satis magnam tribuunt inventoribus gratiam.

Limitations

Addition by Subtraction is a useful concept but obviously will not always apply. Some things are simply complicated and will require greater investment or inputs. Some things can not just be reduced to create more value. Sometimes more, might actually be the answer. 

For example, in this cost-cutting environment for business, it's tempting to assume that this concept just means cutting back on staff. However, another option might involve investing more in sales and marketing or investing to change a product line to better engage with a shifting market. 

In Practice

iPhone.

Apple’s removal of the iPhone’s physical keyboard can be seen as an example of delivering new value with less apparent product.  

Atlassian’s no-jerk policy. 

When software company Atlassian wanted to improve the output of their developers, one of the initiatives they took was to apply a ‘no jerk’ policy. This involved exiting talented but arrogant developers who they believed were holding their respective teams back. 

Build your latticework
This model will help you to:

s

Origins & Resources

As noted in the main summary, Addition by Subtraction has been around in many forms, for many years, and we could not attribute it to one prime thinker. 

Some notable advocates include artist Donald Judd, a leader of the minimalist art movement; the architect Mies Van der Rohe who argued that ‘less is more’ as a key proponent of modernist architecture; Warren Buffett who applies it in his approach to investing, and even Steve Jobs whose focus on a streamlined Apple business model is sometimes cited as his clear prioritisation approach. 

 

My Notes

    Nothing here yet. Join ModelThinkers and login to be the first to comment.
Already a ModelThinkers member? Please log in here.

Oops, That’s Members’ Only!

Fortunately, it only costs US$5/month to Join ModelThinkers and access everything so that you can rapidly discover, learn, and apply the world’s most powerful ideas.

ModelThinkers membership at a glance:

Small mark
UNLOCK EVERYTHING
Access all mental models and premium content.
Small mark
BUILD YOUR LATTICEWORK
Save models to your personal list.
Small mark
QUICKLY MEMORISE MODELS
Use our Learn function to embed models to memory
Small mark
PERSONALISE MODELS
Add your own notes and reminders.
Small mark
BUILD YOUR ‘EXTERNAL BRAIN’
Discover a new idea? Capture it by adding a new model.
Small mark
JOIN THE MT COMMUNITY
Rate models, comment and access exclusive events.

“Yeah, we hate pop ups too. But we wanted to let you know that, with ModelThinkers, we’re making it easier for you to adapt, innovate and create value. We hope you’ll join us and the growing community of ModelThinkers today.”

Arun Pradhan & Shai Desai
CoFounders, ModelThinkers.

You Might Also Like:

- Actionable summaries of the world's most powerful ideas.