Welcome!

Hi. I’m David Harkins.

On this website, I write about business and culture.

I’ve been writing and sharing my thoughts online since the earliest days of websites. Most of those posts here to serve as an archive to how business has changed with the evolution of the Internet and social media and all of them once resided at my home website: www.davidharkins.com.

Since January 2017, this website is the home to those archived articles, as well as the new home to my business-focused writings on innovation, entrepreneurship, organizational change, culture, and occasionally what happens at the intersection of all four topics.

As you read my writing in this space, I would like you to consider a few things:

I love big ideas, but in the end, I am practical.

Exploring possibilities excites me. I am the guy who is always thinking about the “what ifs” and “why nots.” Yet, things still have to get done–we cannot build endless castles in the sky. So, I think big, but then I try to find the most practical solution(s) or steps to achieving a goal. This website is a prime example of my approach.

Consider this:  When I started my graduate program in Entrepreneurship, I learned a professional blog was a requirement. With my home website at www.davidharkins.com in a state of disarray at that time, I needed a quick solution for a permanent blog. I considered finding a business-sounding domain name and even spent several hours searching for something workable.  Nothing worked for me.

So, I reviewed the domain names I had in my “portfolio” and chose www.mrharkins.com– a domain I picked up on a whim a few years ago. It is easy-to-remember, already in my portfolio of domain names, and vague. And because I was already planning to create a new home for my business-related writing, mrharkins.com fit the bill.

I recognize that “Mr. Harkins” does sound quite pretentious. I can assure you that I am not pretentious. I’m just practical. Or maybe pragmatic.

I have since picked up the domain, davidharkins.blog and it is now tied to this website so you might have arrived here from that link. Eventually, I’ll get around to reworking all of the website URLs and update the core website.

It’s all from the mind of David Harkins.

Everything you read on the pages of this website is written by me and not a ghostwriter. Sometimes I am more prolific than others; it’s a function of my time, not what I am researching or what I might be on my mind. I get many requests for guest posts and proposals for sponsored content–I do not accept either.

I drop words and sometimes misspell things.

I have a terrible habit of editing my work on the fly, and I am not the best proofreader of my writing. I do try.  But, quite often, I read what I am thinking and not what I have written. Even after proofing two or three times and using Grammarly.com, I will still miss something. Eventually, a post must be published, or this is not much of a blog. So, if you find an error, please point it out. I’m not perfect, and I like to think I take feedback well.

One final note. I’ll be starting a doctoral program in organization development and change in September 2019. This page and this website will grow and change over the next few years as my interests evolve. I hope you’ll follow along.

All the best.

P. S. The intended purpose of this site is my personal expression of views and opinions related to technology, culture, organization development, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The writing here reflects these views and opinions in my individual capacity only. It does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of any current or past employer or clients, or anyone else, and is not sponsored or endorsed by them in any way.