Magazine article Talent Development

Don't Make Things Difficult

Magazine article Talent Development

Don't Make Things Difficult

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Simplify Work: Crushing Complexity to Liberate Innovation, Productivity, and Engagement

By Jesse W. Newton

Morgan James Publishing, 154 pp., $16.95

Every day, talent development professionals look for ways to attract and retain the best people for the most integral roles in their respective organizations. Part of this effort involves boosting the future outlook of their company. This outlook is dependent on strategy, policy, process, and perspective. In Simplify Work, Newton explores company policies related to the attributes and processes of organizations "that [treat] people as cogs in a machine."

In five chapters, Newton lays the foundation for making work life simple. He offers historical perspectives from the Industrial Revolution to the bureaucracy of modern-day work to highlight how creativity is stifled, which lowers morale and leads to diminished output and involvement from talented workers. He proposes that optimizing the individual, clearing the clutter of processes, and integrating useful system support can serve the cause of simplicity.

This text poses a question we've all found ourselves pondering at one point in our careers: "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?" Those asking believe that the changes needed to achieve such goals are implausible. Newton suggests the exact opposite--that such an endeavor is possible, starting with both the individual and the organization, and he offers perspectives on methods known to unravel the "spaghetti" of complexity to simplify work. …

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