“If you don’t need it, leave it!” said the train conductor in the movie The Taking of Pelham 123 as she led hostages off the train.

I don’t know about you, but for someone who doesn’t actually buy that much stuff (besides books), I still manage to accrete it over time. Worse still, I get attached to them. This makes it that much harder to stay mobile. That much harder to move in response to the next opportunity.

I accrete mental stuff too… The problem with stuff is, they get in the way of meaning. The more stuff we have, the less meaningful they become.

Less stuff = more meaning. An episode of Oprah dealt with getting rid of stuff so as to go back to the basics; to re-discover meaning.

This is the same with business communications. The more stuff a business puts into its communications, the more padding, the less able that business is to build real person-to-person connections.