I have written a whole series of books exploring aspects of the Social Age: in general, the Handbooks’ explore a topic in depth, and the Guidebooks are quite practical and applied. Books are all available direct from the Sea Salt Learning website, or onAmazon globally. If you have any trouble finding them, please contact email@example.com
Coming Soon: The Humble Leader
What does it mean to be ’humble’? Can leaders learn to be so, and should they seek to be?
A fragmented commentary and reflection, this book is intended as a reflective space: to be read, defaced, and gifted, according to your instincts.
The Humble Leader forms one volume in Julian’s broader work exploring Social and Quiet Leadership, the nature of communities, and the leadership we need in the context of our Social Age.
When Organisations talk about leadership, they mark out a journey that is 10,000 steps long. Quiet Leadership is about the first three steps.
It’s an exploration of leadership in the smallest of things: our mindset, our words and our actions, in every single day. It’s not about a grand aspiration, about formal objectives, or big development programmes. It’s not about the formal power you have been given, your ability to influence at scale, or the varied ways you exert control. It’s not about ‘one’ way of leading, but rather about a multitude of ways, and specifically about how you find ‘your’ way.
Quiet Leadership is about the ways we are with each other in every moment, and how those varied ‘ways’ of being come together to give us the thing we call culture today. It’s a practice that recognises that all cultures have edges, all communities have boundaries, and our impact is felt more in the shadows than in the light that we face. Quiet Leadership is a reflective practice, not to see the version of ourselves that we already know, but, rather, to discover ourselves in how others see us.
Leadership in our reflection; leadership in our shadow. Leadership in our impact, through every action every day.
The Socially Dynamic Organisation
This book explores a new model of Organisational Design: set against a background of broad digital transformation, increased social connectivity and movement, and a global shift to distributed working, it considers ten factors that impact on our legacy ‘domain’ Organisations, and proposes a new model of Socially Dynamic Organisation that may supersede it.
This is Julian’s first book to expand upon the idea of the Socially Dynamic Organisation: at the intersection of formal and social systems, it will find a new type of power through a new model of design.
Dynamic and reconfigurable, permeable and fair, it will carry both great formal strength, but also will be broadly interconnected, and agile by design.
This work is shared as evolving thinking: imperfect in parts, and changing all around as we prototype and experiment in this new space.
Organisations must adapt: to rebalanced power, at the whim of social movements, to changing and emerging markets, in a volatile and uncertain time, the only thing we know for sure is that what carried us this far will not take us the rest of the way.
Finding Your Campfire – A Remote Working Survival Guide
We have been thrust into a new way of working, with little time to prepare for the expedition: we are in the wilderness, and must take time to Pause – Refresh – Renew. This crisis presents two possible outcomes for our Organisations:
They may look to survive, and then put the story behind them.
They may view it as a chance to learn and prototype new ways of working, demonstrate their fairness towards their community, coming out of this stronger and better.
In this emergency Social Age Guidebook, Julian Stodd is sharing a body of work that looks at three things:
Packing your Backpack: how we individually cope with the Remote experience. We explore the separation of space, time and boundaries, and caring for each other.
Leading the Expedition: how we lead Remote teams, creating a place for them to be, trade in social currencies, and recognise and respect the effort.
Being Together Apart: how culture is reborn in our Remote space, how we write a shared story, and our responsibility to build and hold trust safely.
The New York Dereliction Walk
The New York Dereliction Walk takes us through a range of spaces, all united in one way.
They represent failure, change, socially driven movements, and rebirth.
We will be discovering buildings, spaces, and ideas, which form the hard evidence of the structures of society.
The things we build represent the purpose that they will serve, but also capture the idealism that lies behind it. They are aspiration and belief made real. Their failure is a judgement: they fail because they lack an ability to change.
NOTE that this is a highly experimental book
To the Moon and Back: Leadership Reflections from Apollo
It took 400,000 people to put the Apollo astronauts on the moon, on a vehicle with 6,000,000 parts that could go wrong. Failure was most certainly an option.
‘To the Moon and Back: Leadership Reflections from Apollo’ tells eight stories from the engineering, through to the people themselves, who came together to write the greatest story of a generation.
It considers the technology of the vast rockets that powered the Saturn V, the complexity of the control systems that guided it to the moon, and the frail humans who piloted it back again.
Around each of these stories, i tease out my personal Leadership Reflections: considering the things we can take forwards. Not just stories of success, but meditations on complexity, failure, and control.
‘To the Moon and Back’ is the latest of my Social Age Guidebooks, each of which builds out my core work, exploring the evolving nature of leadership and culture in our new world.
The Trust Guidebook
Trust is complex, perhaps best viewed as a dynamic landscape. From our respective vantage points, we can all see across it, but as we hike through the terrain we experience different conditions underfoot, tread different paths, and take unique views.
In this Guidebook, Julian Stodd leads the reader through 12 aspects of the ‘Landscape of Trust’, exploring the best ways to understand it, and to share stories as we go. And through this, find out how to lead, and to engage with trust.
This Guidebook is one of a series, each of which explores different aspects of Organisational design, and change, and is a companion to Julian’s related ‘The Trust Sketchbook’.
The Trust Sketchbook
The Trust Sketchbook is a guided, reflective, journey, through the Landscape of Trust. It’s a half drawn, half complete, book, which provides context, structure, and the blank space for you to capture your own understanding of exactly what trust is, and how it flows through Organisations.
Julian’s work explores the complex social systems that permeate through our Organisations today: trust is one of the governing forces at play in these spaces. Since 2016, Julian has been spearheading the global Landscape of Trust research project, exploring what trust means to different people, and how it works in Organisations, and this Trust Sketchbook is the first publication from that work.
Accompanying the hand illustrated Sketchbook is ‘The Trust Guidebook’, which takes a more in depth look at the research and provides detailed questions to ask of yourself, and your team, as they explore the 12 aspects of trust that are covered within the Sketchbook itself.
This book is suitable for individuals who are curious about what trust means, and who want to set down foundations to lead with trust. It’s also suitable for Organisations and teams who want to transform their culture, to be more compassionate, to be more fair, to be founded upon networks of trust.
Social Leadership: My 1st 100 days
This book is a structured 100 day journey to explore, and develop, your Social Leadership ability. On every day i share an illustration, explore a subject, a provocation, and some questions to answer. Every tenth day is an ‘Action Day’, where you are encouraged to put down the book, and put what you have learned into practice.
Leadership cannot be learned from a book, but with a book you can provide a structure, a scaffolding, of a path.
‘My 1st 100 days’ follows the structure that i laid out in ‘The Social Leadership Handbook’, exploring each of the nine aspects of the NET model, as well as a full section on ‘Foundations of Social Leadership’.
The book is accompanied by 100 podcasts, as well as a full MOOC.
The Social Leadership Handbook, 2nd Edition
“Social Leadership encapsulates the mindset, skills and behaviours required to be an effective leader in the Social Age. It recognises that power and authority are founded more on what you curate and share, how you build your reputation, than simple positional authority. It’s a model of leadership that is more fluid and relevant than ones based on longevity, situation or hierarchy. Under a social model, sharing and narrating trump command and control. It’s a collaborative venture with communities at it’s heart. The NET Model of Social Leadership is built around three Dimensions: ‘Narrative’, ‘Engagement’ and ‘Technology’. The NET model is both an idea and a call to arms. This book is a guide for organisations looking to develop Social Leadership capability and for individuals looking to become Social Leaders. Julian Stodd is Founder and Captain at SeaSalt Learning: helping organisations thrive in the Social Age”
The Social Leadership Handbook is available on with links to all sites here.
“We used to live in two worlds: the workplace, a formal and restricted environment, and the social world, which was unrestricted and expressive. These spaces used to be separate, colliding only at moments of misjudged intra-office relationships and the alcohol-fuelled miscommunication of the office Christmas party.
But no more. There is no longer a formal and social divide, and instead we inhabit a grey space where we answer office emails from the bath and use Facebook in meetings. That photograph of the holiday in Ibiza will haunt you in your next job interview and the post about how much you hate your boss has just gone global thanks to a misjudged retweet.
But what does social mean for learning? It’s an incredible opportunity to engage, and this book will explore ways in which we can do so, by showing how to create more dynamic and challenging social learning spaces. Through nearly fifty collected articles from my daily blog, together with new commentaries and practical tips for each, I look at what drives engagement in these spaces and how the thinking around them has evolved.
Social layers are being built up around all types of learning. It’s no longer a question of whether the conversations take place; it’s a question of whether we want to be involved in them.”
What people say about ‘exploring the world of social learning‘
“I should draw a Venn Diagram made up of three fields: Corporate L&D, Contemporary Theories of Learning and Web 2.0 Social Spaces as ‘Exploring the World of Social Learning’ touched on all three.“
“An intelligent, engaging and practical read that though linear in format – it’s a book afterall – has built into it moments to reflect, explore or do.“
“Julian is as accomplished a writer as he is a fluid and engaging speaker. Exploring the World of Social Learning lives up to its title. Through a series of blog posts that have been collected in this volume, Julian documents his investigation and adoption of social technologies as enablers of engagement with other people, communication, collaboration and learning. He takes a two-pronged approach, maintaining his blog posts intact, then adding rich and informative commentary after each one that polishes the nuggets of insight contained in the original material. It’s a journey of discovery, and Julian recognises his own occasional shifts in perspective which have resulted from learned behaviour and experimentation. All in all, a fascinating read.”
Book “A mindset for mobile learning: a journey through theory and practice“
The subject of this book is ‘mobile learning’, but ‘mobile’ means many things: it means technology, as in a mobile phone or tablet, and it also means mobile learning courses themselves, as well as being used to describe the experience of learning in this way, of experiencing ‘mobile’.
I’m interested in all of these things, in exploring what they each mean and how we can pull them together to provide a meaningful narrative of how we develop and experience mobile learning.
It’s easy to think of mobile as just being a distribution channel, like a television or a radio. We can view the devices as just conduits to push content out to learners, but this is to miss so much of the potential, potential that is only unfolding to us as we speak. People interact with mobile devices in fundamentally different ways: they are social tools used to reinforce our standing, fashion statements, aspirational decoration, sources of knowledge and power, able to make us win a pub quiz or find a pizza, but also business tools used to organize meetings, remind us of deadlines and let us speak to the boss when we’re running late.
Mobile devices transcend the traditional boundaries of our lives, crossing over between the formal spaces of work and the informal social spaces that surround it. The devices are not purely functional, they are much, much more.
It’s important that we understand just how widely mobile has permeated our lives, how often we reach into our pocket and ready our thumbs for action. We need to recognize how it impacts on knowledge: we used to have to ‘know’ things, whilst now we often only need to know how to find those things out fast. Knowing how to use Google is often enough.
We need to develop a mindset for mobile learning.
You can purchase ‘A mindset for mobile learning’ for all devices on Smashwords.