Management Craft just turned eight years old this month. This means that I have been blogging for egith years - that's just crazy. Never in a million years would I have predicted that I would have kept at it this long. There is one reason why I am still doing it. It's you, my dear readers. I love the way you chime in to tell me how my writing impacts you - even when it angers you. As someone who likes to think and play with ideas, you ensure I stay current and on my toes.
In the last eight years, I have written about 1800 posts. Of those, several dozen have resonated in a big way. Many of you are newer readers and this means that you have only seen more recent posts. But some of those older posts are still relevant. I have been thinking about a way to give older posts new life and new usefullness.
I have been thinking for a few years about doing a "best of" book with only the cream of the crop pieces from this blog. I wrote a bit about the process several days ago. I am pleased to announce that the best of book is done and available.
I have self-published this book using Lulu.com. This has enabled me to keep it easy and to keep the price down. It contains 69 of the very best posts. The book is called:
Never-Ending New Beginnings: A Manifesto on Personal Impact. The Very Best from the Management Craft Blog 2004-2012. It costs $15.00 and is available here.
I hope you don't mind if I am so bold to say that I love the title and I love this collection. It is my most personal book yet (because this blog is personal) and I think my best book of all time in terms of its potential to be a game-changer - to affect people's lives.
I hope you will pick up a copy and I would encourage you to use this as a book for your managers and leaders. It contains all the best stuff about how we can do our best work leading others. I think you will really, really, like this collection.
Other reasons to do this book: I wanted to do something to celebrate eight years of blogging. Also, I wanted to explore the essence of what I have been writing. And third, it seemed like a fun thing to do.
I am calling this a manifesto on personal impact because when I read the collection of posts all the way through, that is how it struck me. As a manifesto that has evolved over eight years.
This would be a great gift for someone who you would like to help get reconnected with his or her work. There is a lot of possibility and personal reinvention addressed in this book. If you would like to use the book for a book club, I will send a personal email to your members and call into your book club to kick it off.
Let me know what you think and thanks for your support.