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Introducing Harder Inc.

18 March 2018

Folks who have followed my blog for a while know that I've been working on a book. Fitting time for writing it around other things has been a huge challenge but I'm delighted to report that it's well along, having gone though a pretty major overhaul.

I've written it in two parts:

  • "Being Harder Inc."
    • which explores things that create friction between the needs of customers, colleagues and institutions, making work harder than it needs to be.
  • "Becoming Easier Inc."
    • which outlines principles and practices that can help people act on the causes of these frictions or, where they are inevitable, act to mitigate their impact to create better ways of working and better places to work.

The crux of the recent overhaul? A decision to deliver all of this as more of a workbook than a treatise and to use images (mainly sketchnotes and cartoons) to communicate key concepts and stories. I want to create something practical, positive and accessible and I think this shift in format and tone better achieves that. I hope you'll agree... when I finally publish!

In the meantime though, here's a glimpse of how it's looking; the intro to part 1 and a cartoon strip from a section called "The Performance Myths" (many of which will be familiar to regular readers of this blog).

READ THE INTRO: Being Harder Inc.

READ THE CASE STUDY: The Performance Myths

If you have a look, I'd be very grateful for your feedback. I'm nervous, for example, about using the word "myths" to describe the causes of friction that create and maintain Harder Inc. Do you hear that word as negative or critical or does it simply engage your curiosity?

All thoughts, comments, pointers and suggestions are VERY gratefully recieved.

Thanks for reading!


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