In this section i provide an outline of my books. Earlier books are just in digital format, but everything from ‘The Social Leadership Handbook’ onwards is available globally from Amazon, or direct from Sea Salt Learning. If you have any trouble finding them, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.