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Simplify Work

There’s something slightly ironic about a book that’s calling us to simplify work yet has a complex subtitle. But I get it — it’s not as easy as all that.
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Simplify Work — Crushing complexity to liberate innovation, productivity, and engagement

There’s something slightly ironic about a book that’s calling us to simplify work yet has a complex subtitle. But I get it — it’s not as easy as all that. Jesse Newton wonders, “What if  we could take a fresh look at our businesses, reconsider what is really important, and start  to focus our time and energy on those things that matter.” This is a compelling vision —  and Newton takes us through some design thinking processes and common areas where  simplification could be beneficial. Newton presents a few case studies, highlighting complexities that exist where it really doesn’t need to. Not only is there an unnecessary  “spaghetti of structure, process, systems and rules,” but also it gets in the way of good  important work. Using simplified design thinking (distilled down to three steps, though  some of those are amalgams of the traditional design thinking model) and some neuroscience, Newton provides a framework that organizations can use to create more  simplicity in areas such as strategy, organizational design, and various practices and  systems. I also sense a bit of appreciative inquiry lurking throughout the book’s structure,  which is helpful in an imaginative and creative way. If you’re feeling that things have just  gotten too twisted and mixed up at your organization, this might be a good book to put in front of some key decision-makers.