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I always wrote …
We all start writing, stories, poems, essays begin in school days but as time moves on, writing soon becomes a problem or a passion.
I kind of liked it.
Early jobs required some form of writing to get the job done and I did a pretty good job of it.
One day in Prince Albert, I was in a typical “coffee row” situation with a lineman, a shoemaker and some other b.s. artist. I was complaining that whenever, in this town, a goal was scored, the local newspaper had lots of ink. However when someone had an art opening, a concert or some other artistic event, there was a noticeable ink shortage.
Freelancing became a passion and for many years I wrote modest little pieces for magazines, newspapers and CBC.
In the mid nineties my day job shifted and I wondered if I should move from freelance writing about the outside world to a more substantive writing about my own work, which I was crazy about. I ended up writing three small books for my employer, the federal government.
- Tools for Leadership and Learning
- Storytelling in the Workplace
- Facile … the art of facilitation
They were all very popular and in some demand but they have been out of print for some time.
I wrote a piece about public service after the 911 disaster for MacLean’s Magazine and the positive response led me to write a book on my own. It was addressed to young public servants. I focused on the importance of building a great public service as a cornerstone of democracy. Bureaucratically Incorrect … letters to a young publicservant became a Canadian best seller and stupidly, I have yet to do a new edition.
In 2015, I wrote Handcrafted Leadership … the art and craft of building engagedworkplaces and communities as a way to try and capture the philosophy and practicality of my ideas around practice based leadership and effective tools for engagement.
These days I have resisted the social media writing of tweets and blogs and tend to still write the more long form essays, storytelling pieces and the joy of songwriting.
I just write because it helps me cut down on the talking …