One recurring feature of the Social Age is the nature of working out loud: developing our ideas within our communities, sharing them before they are fully formed and getting the benefit from the wisdom of the tribe. That’s the approach i’ve taken around Social Leadership recently, iterating from the first ideas around ‘traits‘, through to ‘behaviours‘ and, finally, ‘curriculum‘, although that too is just a first draft.
Yesterday was a good day: i met Bala-Murali, talking about social learning, John, talking about innovation and creativity, and Thomas, thinking about the evolution of publishing and engagement with digital media. All three conversations in different locations, but all three referring to and drawing upon ideas that i’ve developed over time through my communities and that i’ve narrated out loud through the blog.
The blog is not incidental to my work: it’s at the heart of it, and it when i go to meetings, i take my community with me.
Jane is one of ten people who are kindly reviewing the first chapter of the new book, all through our global community: i’ve only met two of those ten in person, but i’m trusting them with the first draft. Why? Because we have built Social Age relationships through our community spaces. Indeed, both Bala-Murali and John were people i originally met through community spaces and our shared interests bought us together. Jane and i have been talking about this idea of ‘Bring your own community‘, it’s more than just turning up with your laptop!
Working out loud involves getting things wrong sometimes, but that’s ok, but equally often you get things right, and sometimes the things you get right are the things you thought were wrong…
There’s also something very pleasing about charting your progress with ideas, looking back and seeing how they develop, seeing what thrives and what you leave behind. I find it gives me a better perspective on my own personal and professional development.