It almost slipped my mind, in the midst of the crisis unfolding and the disruption to everyday life, that it is the anniversary of ‘The Learning Imperative’ winning at the Business Book Awards 2019 in the category of HR & Management.
Writing a book is an act of faith and personal exploration of thinking. There is no guarantee that the finished product will meet your own high expectation let alone those of the readers. Therefore it was really heartening that the judges pinpointed exactly who the book was aimed at.
One of the speakers at the start of the evening, spoke about the power that books can have on the thinking of readers. Just one line, he said, can potentially fundamentally change the thinking and the mindset of someone. That really resonated with me, as I have had that experience as a reader.
Yet it isn’t just the readers who can be changed by a book. The process of writing each of the books I’ve co-authored has had a deep impression on me. Exploring my own potential, my openness to feedback and the challenge of putting down in words on a page, the messages I orally explore each day with leaders and teachers.
My biggest hope though, is that there will be learning in ‘The Learning Imperative’ for others. I’m hoping that, in the book, there are one or more messages that have really resonated and have changed how the world is viewed. I’d be fascinated in finding out what messages were yours…