I finally did it. I started a blog!
For many of you, this may not be a big thing but I never felt comfortable with the idea of having a blog. Call me old fashion, but I didn’t really know what to do with one. What would I write about and why would people be interested in reading it? You can therefore imagine my frustration when I, after having published the book “Beyond the Leadership Myth”, was told by a number of people that I needed to start a blog.
an important book, Chris. You should start a blog.” They said.
“Why” I asked.
“To market your book.”
“But isn’t a blog meant to be updated continuously?”
“Well, once I’ve marketed the book, what am I going to do with a blog? I can’t just market the book over and over again. People will think there’s something wrong with me.”
“Write about things you discuss in the book. About the leadership myth, the industry that surrounds it, the power of collaborationship and the importance of followers.”
“You want me to re-write my book in a blog? It doesn’t make any sense.”
“Look, you need a blog to reach out to people. What you write in it is up to you.”
Thanks a lot. I still didn’t have a clue what to do with a blog. All I knew was that people obviously though I needed one. So I did what any normal person would do, I Googled it. I typed in ‘what do I need a blog for?’ Unfortunately, the only answer I got was that bloggers can write about anything and nothing. This was getting me nowhere.
I was on the verge of giving up when it struck me – I’m not going to start a blog to market or re-write my book (if you’re curious about it you can read the first chapters of it at www.collaborationship.se (and that is as much marketing as I’ll ever do here!)). Instead I’ll use this blog to share new thoughts on leaders, followers and how they collaborate. I’ll also share with you the struggle of spreading the concept of collaborationship.
I wrote “Beyond the Leadership Myth” because my curiosity in followership had led me on a fascinating journey into ignored and sometimes forgotten aspects of human nature. Aspects that greatly affect how we humans interact with one another. Aspects that explain why we confuse leadership with power, hierarchy and dominance. By writing a book, I wanted to share this knowledge with others while challenging the current leadership obsession
I’m well aware of the fact that I’m challenging one of the world’s largest industries. Consequently, that means there are many people out there who have financial or reputational reasons to disagree with me. Still, I firmly believe that this debate is important and thus I hope you’ll be interested in joining me on this journey.
So who am I? I guess that depends on who you ask. To my two girls, I’m just goofy, old dad. To my wife, I’m the guy she married for better or worse (hopefully there are more “better” than “worse”). To my friends I’m the guy who rarely calls and seldom joins a party because he’d rather spend his time writing or working on some project.
Personally, I’d like to see myself as an explorer. Perhaps not so much in the physical aspect (I’m far too dependent of a bed, shower and shelter to venture out into the unknown for any length of time). Instead, it’s the human and our social sides I like to explore. I’m of the opinion that no matter how knowledgeable we think we are, there are constantly new things to learn, things that can drastically change the way we view our world. Things like collaborationship.
If you’re interested in my more professional profile, you’re welcome to visist http://collaborationship.se/about.htmHave a great weekend