A lot has happened since Working Out Loud was published in June of 2015. Working Out Loud Circles are now in a wide range of organizations and over twenty countries. (Hello, Sri Lanka!) There was a TEDx talk that helped raise awareness. And to spread the practice further, I started ikigai LLC so I could work on it full-time.
Perhaps most importantly, a growing community and I have learned a lot about what works and doesn't work. So I’ve begun to update the book with all we’ve learned.
Since you’re reading this, chances are that you have your own opinions and experiences related to Working Out Loud. Here’s a question for you.
What would make the book better?
There are certain things I thought I would keep the same. For example, many people seemed to like the short exercises and chapter recaps in the first edition. I also have a few specific things I want to add.
- A new chapter on how organizations are using Working Out Loud Circles to create a more open, collaborative culture.
- More stories showing an even broader range of people who work out loud, and how and why they do it.
- Updated information on how Circles work and how they spread. (It was only after the book came out that I published the first complete set of Circle guides.)
- Ways the community and I are adapting the practice, including Working Out Loud for Teams and for Communities.
I don’t want the book to be longer, so I’ll eliminate some things too. My intention is to complete the 2nd edition over the next few months and publish it later in 2016.
If you have an idea for making the book better, or have a story you want to share, I would love to hear about it. Just post a comment below or send me email.
Thank you for any suggestions. I'm looking forward to incorporating your ideas into the next edition.