I have been at a loss of what to say on the blog given what’s going on for the folks impacted by Hurricane Katrina. My usual business banter and sometimes perky outlook seems to come off a bit shallow. But here is what I have decided. I am going to move on the do the blog as I always would. I’ve offered ideas to managers about how to get their companies involved in relief efforts, I’ve donated to the Red Cross, and I will help in other ways if I can. Know that just because I have gone back to business as usual, this does not mean that I am not aching inside for the people of Louisiana and Mississippi. I am.
(Caution: Jagged transition ahead, now think happy thoughts)
Today I am going to share some good news. I mentioned earlier in the week that I am working on a new book called, Focus Like a Laser Beam. All the details have been ironed out and I am happy to report that I have signed a two book deal with Jossey Bass. Focus Like a Laser Beam will be available next June and 2 Weeks to a Breakthrough will be available late in 2006. I have purchased dozens, maybe hundreds, of Jossey Bass books over the years, so perhaps this a karmic. They have worked with some great authors and I am thrilled to be one of their newer authors.
I want to remind you of the survey I have created about focus. I ask that you take the survey and give me your thoughts and ideas. I am giving a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate to two people who complete the survey (selected randomly, more details here). One request: A few people have gone onto the survey and completed only the first couple questions. Please don’t do that, it’s not helpful to me. The survey will take about 15 minutes and I REALLY appreciate your help.
I have a few new ideas about focus that I will be highlighting in this book. I am dedicated to making this a great book, and not just another rehash job.
Also, I will be offering several 2 Weeks to a Breakthrough programs in January. It’s a great time of year to get velocity on our goals. More detail on this here and on the Breakthrough Blog.
I also am finishing up a book called Coaching Basics for the ASTD Press. That will be available in March.
And since I am updating you about projects, More Space is heading to the printers now and will be available late in October. If you recall, this is the book that contains nine business essays from business bloggers. I wrote an essay on breakthroughs and I am joined by some amazing writers and thinkers. This is going to be a beautiful book, the design is awesome.
And I have a few other projects in the works that I will tell you about soon.