I have an ambitious programme of research and writing for 2021: ‘The Social Age Guidebook’ is high on the agenda (last year i worked through all ten main sections, and now all that remains is to rewrite the final five), as well as a volume on ‘Quiet Leadership’, to accompany the new webinar series. Alongside these two Guidebooks is a project i’ve been working on for several years, but which is now about ready to fly: ‘The Humble Leader’ is a short format, a guided, reflective, essay that provides some structured reflection on humility, and the ways that our power is felt within our Community. I’m particular excited about this last one, but it’s also the most challenging, as i aim to illustrate it with woodcut prints, which is a time consuming process.
If i get those three done, i have two other pieces in my sights: ‘The Change Handbook’ is a much larger body of work, which i’ve been researching and writing for five years now, but have not managed to get it to completion: i am still editing it heavily for length, as i want it to be about the same size as the Social Leadership Handbook. Alongside that, i want to work on a Storytelling Guidebook, but i’ve done no writing specifically for this yet.
Those of you with a keen memory will recall that i shared a lot of writing early last year around ‘The Learning Science Guidebook’: this remains on hold, as it requires some detailed research which i cannot get my head around at the moment. Whilst i would love to complete this, it will need some dedicated time that i do not currently have going spare.
In a similar vein, ‘Curiosity: My 1st 100 Days’ (which will be the second in my ‘100 Days’ series) remains at a very early stage. Still: this one is much easier to write, and the main time constraint here is for illustration, so that may be revived at some point this year!
On a research front, i have two key focus areas for 2021: firstly, i’m working on some new work around ‘Communities’, which will supplement that already published in ‘The Community Builder Guidebook’, and secondly i will be building out research around the Quiet Leadership groups, which i will publish as it takes shape. Ultimately this will work it’s way into another Guidebook, but probably not till 2022.
Potentially i will also shape and run some research on ‘Knowledge’, exploring what it is, where it lives within Organisations, and what we do with it. This is exciting, but i am still working on developing the partnerships to carry this out well.
That’s just a snapshot, and i’m sure it will change over time! Last i felt a lot of strands of work coming together, and i am keen to leverage off that and keep the momentum up this year. Fingers crossed…