CHANGE IS COMING
“To be successful, you have to be able to adapt to change.”
Sir Alex Ferguson, 13 times Premier League winning manager
Let me tell you, as an Arsenal fan, that quote hurts in just so many ways, but there we are!
To temper the hurt though, I have to confess that I am feeling a bit like a kid in the lead up to Christmas.
As some of you may know, I have a new book coming out next month – ‘CHANGE – LEARN TO LOVE IT, LEARN TO LEAD IT’. The book is in print and awaiting launch on the 27th June.
Writing it has been a very personal experience for me, at times quite emotional. When I wrote my first book, ‘Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today’, I was convinced it would be the end of my authorial career as I was convinced that I would have no more to say, so to see CHANGE in its finished form is a real buzz. I wanted to write about change from a very human perspective, to reflect on why change is such a scary thing for so many of us and how we can come to terms with it and even, perhaps, enjoy it. It is a book borne out of my own experiences and the experiences of those I have met and worked with; it isn’t an academic study or traditional self-help book, it is a book that I hope people will read, enjoy, reflect on and connect with on a very human level. I have tried to fill it with stories and events that will connect to normal people leading very real lives. For me our reactions to change are linked to our humanity and our emotions and that is what I have tried to evoke in the book.
I must confess that we have reached that slightly anxious phase in a book’s life; just prior to launch, when you can’t wait for it to hit the shelves but are nervous about handing something so personal over to the public arena.
I will also be doing a very special event for The London Business Forum on Tuesday 8 October called ‘Who moved my Cheesecake’ where I will explore the themes of the book from a business and organisational perspective
There has been fantastic interest from the media about the book, including the in-flight magazine of a rather famous airline, all of which is just so exciting to all but my own kids, who just keep warning me not to embarrass them on the TV!
Over the next few weeks, I will be sending some “taster tweets”; quotes from the book to try and whet people’s appetites in advance of publication. As part of my lead up to the book launch, I want to hear from people about how they have changed their lives or their companies and would so love to hear your stories, some of which, I hope to post on my website in the coming months.
The time is so right to recalibrate the way we feel about change and I really look forward to doing that with you over the next few months.
P.S. I particularly hope that Arsene Wenger buys a copy, so that he can knock Fergie off his perch next season!