LESS!, one of the most fun book projects I have ever worked on, is now available on Swedish online book stores, Bokus, Dito, Bokon and Adlibris. The book is also available on Amazon, and in hardcover on Lulu.
I have blogged about the contents of LESS! in my management blog. Here, I'll write a little bit about the design, starting with the cover.
All management books I have published, well, only two so far, use the same basic design with a black field on a white background. I always put something on the cover that has an element of orange.
It is important to me that the cover has some link to the contents, and since this is a book about business transformation, what better symbol than a butterfly?
Also, one of the authors (you'll have to read the book to fin out who,) used the lifecycle of a butterfly as a metaphor for business transformation in the book, so putting a butterfly on the cover felt like the right thing to do.
I felt that that would make it easier for readers to trust the authors, and building trust was necessary, because a lot of the things in the book, about budgetless financial systems, short strategy loops, queueing theory, and so on, are controversial.
That is also why each chapter starts with a brief biography, helping to establish the credentials of the author.
|Donella Meadow's System Intervention scale. Managers tend to focus on the low leverage interventions to the left, when they ought to focus on the high leverage interventions to the right.|
Diagrams were another important feature. We had lots of diagrams! When you set out to explain a lot of complicated stuff, you need to simplify. We used diagrams to do that, and also took care to keep the language simple. I ran all texts through readability index calculators to help ensure that the language itself did not obfuscate the ideas and logical arguments.
LESS! is a thought provoking book, and I do hope it can help kick off real improvements in leadership and management practices, and in how we organize and collaborate at work.