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21st Century Management recipe cards

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For some time now I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a recipe book. Not recipes for food, but instead for how to manage and lead in organisations in the early 21st; a time where technology is changing, to a lesser or greater extent, how we communicate, and how we operate.

Mostly this is because I love a good metaphor. Most management books appear to me to be about 95% redundant. The core gist of most is explained fairly clearly within the first couple of chapters, and the rest is there to make it up to what is deemed to be satisfactory book weight. In the world of eBooks, and in our time-pressured times, that weight is increasingly unfit for purpose.

The other reason is because a dear friend of mine, Tracey Smith, is one of the country’s best cookery book editors, and I’d love her to be involved. A management book that was not only practicable, but also beautiful to look at. What’s not to like?

The thing is, though, necessary book weight is a hefty old lump of words, and if I’m intent on there being minimal padding that means an even greater investment of time. So it hasn’t happened (yet).

However, a few weeks ago in conversation with Anne Marie McEwan she and I talked about how small, practical, actionable chunks of content (recipes, if you will) would be a great way to package up some of our thinking. So I started creating some.

There are only five to date, but in the spirit of Minimum Useful Product (I’ve just made that up) I figured I might as well start publishing them. Management recipe cards, if you will, akin to the laminated food instructions that seemed to be very popular in my youth.

You can find the set so far here.

And here’s specifically what you’ll find:

The Curve – a summary of the work of Nicholas Lovell, which in many ways explains why I’m pushing this all out now.

Digital Architecture – a simple model that helps to unpick where and how you should be making investment into technology.

Digital Evolution – a maturity model for the management and leadership of all things digital in organisations.

Modern Networking – a framework for how, as individuals, we can make sense of how and where we should be putting our networking energy

Four Heads for Social Networks – what channels should you use when, and how can you work out if you should adopt a new one?

They’re all commentable – take a look, and let me know what you think. More in coming weeks…

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