Keep Work Human
Is it possible to accomplish work without humans?
Even artificial intelligence requires the hands of a human to make work happen. Keep work human is an awkward thing to say if you think too hard about it.
It begs the questions:
- What is work without humans?
- What about work is not human?
- When did work start becoming inhuman? Why?
- What does it mean to have a human work experience?
- How does an inhuman work experience change our relationship to work?
All great questions that I am seeking to shed some light on from my own experience as a 10-year veteran knowledge worker in the tech community in a new book that I will be writing in public over the next 3 months.
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Why write in public?
I am choosing to work on this project publicly for two reasons.
Stay Accountable to the Urge
I have wanted to write a book for more than 8 years. After a long walk this week the book I had inside of me began to emerge as a series of stories that aligned around a burning dissatisfaction that I’ve had in the workplace at different points in my career.
I compared the poor experiences with the better experiences and have formulated what made the difference for me. I would like to share my lessons and observations with others so that others can experience the freedom and joy of work when authenticity and dignity are present.
Sharing my work in public and committing to the work with people choosing to read along the way, will give me the accountability needed to move this project forward.
Two are Better than One
This book is for other people. I want it to be helpful. I am choosing to bring others along to offer feedback, discuss ideas, and validate its usefulness before it gets released.
What’s the book about?
This book is about learning to navigate the daily grind with dignity and how to create a meaningful work experience in today’s remote work lifestyle.
Who is the book for?
This book is for people who care about people.
It’s for people that feel disingenuous in the workplace.
It’s for people know that work has a richer experience calling out to them, they want to bring their whole self to work, and not fear.
It’s for people that like to have a fun at work and are looking for a meaning in their day beyond hitting deadlines, attending meetings, and accumulating action items.
The book will be a a collection of stories to help readers reflect on their own humanity and their coworkers humanity at work.
Readers will find practical and immediately actionable lessons that can be used in their work situation, even while they are remote.
- The Human Experience
- Rugged ColecoVision
- Droids, Terrorists, and Bullies
- Diving Deep into the Heart of Danger
- The Race to Boring
- Figuring out How to Disagree
- The One with the Cop
- The One with the Karmann Ghia and Stormtrooper
- Eat Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches
- Take Your Clothes off Outside
- Fart at the Table
- Big Hills and Milk Spills
- Share Your Bed with Strangers
- Get the Stick Out of Your Butt
- Chest Hair and the Man of Steel
- Robert’s Rules of Order
- You are Most Definitely Drunk
- It is Rocket Science
- The White Flag
- Playing IN the Game
- Mining O.R.E.
- 21 Tips to Beat a Dead Horse
When will the book be finished?
My goal is to have this project completed in 90 days and ready for sale on Amazon this fall. This is my first book. It’s going to be a learning process.
Keep Work Human is an unconventional guide to creating a more meaningful work experience even while working remote. The book will be written in public over the next 90 days. I’d love to have some humans on join me.