'I delighted in writing it. That doesn't mean I found it easy.'
Time management has been seen as an issue for individuals for too long: Helen Beedham argues that the real issue is systemic. The way that organisations manage and value time, she says, is broken. And it's not just a productivity issue, it's hurting our wellbeing and working against inclusion and diversity, too.
Developing that insight into a book was something of a rollercoaster - as her family will attest...
Creative work is to a large extent invisible - which makes it tricky for managers to manage. It also means that we're left with the challenge of making our invisible ideas visible if we're going to do anything with them.
In this fascinating conversation I talk to creativity expert John Howkins about that process, the naming, defining and describing of a new idea, together with his best advice for writers (and his confessions about his own writing process...).
But sometimes, strategic inaction is exactly what the situation demands - and much more productive in the long run than the rush to do something, anything.
In this week's conversation I talk to Jinny Uppal about how she learned this for herself, and about writing, publishing, crowdfunding and curiosity.
In this week's podcast I chat around the virtual campfire to seven members of the Extraordinary Business Book Club - some have just begun their first book, others have written several - about what they've learned so far in their journey as authors.
Practical, thought-provoking and often very funny, these dispatches from the front line are essential reading for anyone considering writing a business book.