Now that I’ve almost finished writing my third book I want to learn everything there is to know about publishing and marketing books. And more particularly, I want to know the answer to the question, “How to Market a Self-Published Book?”
The solution is very simple.
There are many things I do badly, or not at all. Exercise is one of them. And cooking. And dealing with badly formulated criticism. But there’s one thing I’ve learned to do well in the last few years.
I can say “No” easily.
I am bombarded with requests every day. Which is awesome! I cherish all the attention people are willing to give me. But there’s only so much I can do, which means I have to make difficult choices. I’m sure you know the feeling!Read more
When I utter a minor annoyance about Excel on Twitter, half a dozen people tell me I “should” use some spreadsheet software in the cloud, and never any Microsoft stuff.
When I vent my frustration about Spotify, there are bound to be some followers who tell me I “should” use Pandora, Google Play, or some other competitor.
When I tell people my Nexus phone has an issue, there are ALWAYS smug Apple fanboys telling me I “should” use the amazing Apple stuff, not a crappy Android phone.
All these people seem to make the assumption that I am either too ignorant or too lazy to pick the tool that’s best for me. Apparently, in their eyes, I haven’t yet figured out which is “the best choice”.
But I’m not stupid, and I’m not lazy.Read more
Last year I was in a discussion with the CEO and a dozen top managers of a mobile apps developer in Shanghai, China. The company was very successful and was trying to be more agile, but also struggling with their rapid growth at the same time. The managers told me their interpretation of being agile was to deliver new software faster to their customers.
I disagreed.Read more
Now that we know our positive inquiry into an organization is best initiated with powerful questions, it is useful to learn a bit more about developing and catalyzing our dialogues. A great analogy for storytelling in working environments is Improvisational Theatre (or Improv for short). It is a form of theatre where little or nothing is planned ahead, and every performer on stage works with whatever is created at the moment.Read more
Knowing that we should inquire into an organization in a positive way (see my post about Appreciative Inquiry), it is useful to know what kind of questions we should ask. To learn more about this we can turn our attention to the concept of Powerful Questions.
A powerful question stimulates curiosity and reflection in a conversation, it leads the participants toward creativity, energy, and forward movement, it helps to channel attention and focus, and it has a tendency to invite further questions. My own very first powerful question, satisfying all these criteria, would be, “How can we make our questions more powerful?”
I appreciate the importance of catalyzing each other’s performance in an organization, and I think it’s worth finding out what kind of approach we need as a coaches, managers, or pairing partners. In my research I was fortunate to find a useful method that offers great inspiration when focusing on positive organizational change, with several similarities to complexity thinking.Read more
The priorities for my new Global Management 3.0 Workout Book Tour are based on a backlog of countries, which is in turn based on the subscribers of my mailing list. Two companies in Bulgaria have lobbied to get people registered on the mailing list, which caused this country to climb from #19 to #5 on the priority list. That’s is great! It means they are committed to get me to travel to Bulgaria.
I have rewarded this enthusiasm by planning a trip to Bulgaria in July.Read more
I got involved in an interesting email discussion about the question whether the work of managers requires smarter people. This is what someone told me (summarized):
Managers have a “higher role” than other workers, because their work involves “more complexity”, which suggests the need for a higher “MPA (mental processing ability)” for managers.
Let me explain why this is complete nonsense.Read more
I already had a Kudo Box article, and physical kudo cards.
Now there is an online Kudo Box application to help you send a token of appreciation to anyone who deserves it, created by Happy Melly’s CTO Sergey Kotlov. The tool is so easy, I don’t even have to explain how it works!Read more
I will celebrate the upcoming release of my new book by visiting cities all over the world with a brand new one-day workshop. It’s all brand new materials, and you can see it as a follow-up to the regular 2-day course.Read more
I was invited to speak at an interesting company event in Gent two days ago, where I discussed running experiments with Exploration Days, Business Guilds and more. One employee asked me this interesting question:
How can the non-IT departments participate in Hack Days or Exploration Days? How can they help innovate?
Great question!Read more