How Long Does it Take?

How Long Does it Take?

The most common question I am asked when people realize that I have written and published a 678 page book is, “How long did this take you?” I’ve never tried to duck the question, but it is not as simple as just giving a date. The truth is that it has taken a lifetime. Or perhaps I could limit it to my professional career. My professional career was preceded by many years of education, which certainly provided skills and knowledge that applied to the topic.

I have been observing leaders, non-leaders, and those in leadership positions my entire career. I have made many notes along the way. I have read, reviewed, and made notes from several hundred books. I have mulled the concept over for a very long time and described that process here.

It was in 2015 when I finally started to put pen to paper and create a manuscript that would become Sustained Leadership WBS. That manuscript, after several rounds of edits (in itself a story with several emergent issues) got to the publisher in 2017, and was released in October, 2017.

So how long did it take? Decades? A lifetime? Two years? I have no idea what the “right” answer might be. All I know is that this one is out there ready to prepare new leaders. And the next one has already been outlined.

What I do know for certain is that unless and until you get started, you will never finish. What is holding you up?

With an extensive career in government contracting, Tom has found many examples, both good and bad, of leadership. These posts are based on his latest book, Sustained Leadership WBS, published by Morgan James. Tom is available to speak to your team on the importance of developing sustained leaders.


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