Hello! Kia ora!


SimpleRichard is a boutique consultancy run by me, Richard Scott-Will-Harknett. From May 2014 I took up the role of Agile Practice Lead for Xero after finding a powerful alignment of purpose, culture and values.

I’ve “parked” SimpleRichard for the moment but I still provide broader community support for Lean and Agile practices as well as Holacracy for which I also qualified as a coach. If you want some help just ask. I’m a member of the Happy Melly network. I’m also a member of the fabulous group of humans that make Nomad8 and it’s through Nomad8 that I offer my services outside of Xero.

This is a cut-down version of the previous SimpleRichard full site and it contains the essence of my take on an approach to work. My focus is to slice through the noise in our complex day to day environments and bring calm, simplicity and awareness to the fore. Understand purpose, agree common values and principles and deliver the work that adds the most value with alignment across the enterprise: simple! (but you know what they say about simple and easy, right?)

Get serious about fun. Our workplaces should be full of enthusiasm and joy. Every person should be able to contribute to their greatest potential – and then be supported to self-develop along their own path and contribute even more. I see no reason why this can’t be the reality of our work environments. It is what I am working towards along with others at Xero.

So how’s your organisation? Happy with all your processes? Are your customers so delighted that they not only repeat purchase but are also your strongest sales team? Are your teams highly engaged and motivated? Are those team members your best recruiters? If not why not and what are you doing about it?

There is so much to do – have you noticed? We need to wake up our workplaces! We need to re-imagine what work is and can be. SimpleRichard can’t do that for you – but perhaps here you may find some ideas to help you do it for yourself and that’s far more sustainable. I don’t pretend to know the answers but I’m happy to provide support to whoever asks for it so far as I have the capacity. Having been lucky enough to learn from so many, I am pleased to be able to give back.

More? Feel free to contact me: I’ll get back to you, though it may take a little while so please be patient. My profile is on LinkedIn but I hardly use it. I fire off occasionally on Twitter.