Brave New World: Plans For 2016 and Beyond

Last week, I shared what I learned from all of you about the newsletter, and—by extension—the various other communication vehicles I employ to keep you all up to date.

This week, I’m sharing where I am going in the new year. That starts with the newsletter, but continues with what you can expect to see on several different platforms.

Many of you told me that you like what you receive already. And that’s awesome. For starters, thanks for sharing that; secondly, rest assured that what you see in the new year should feel relatively familiar.

I’ll still be sending out the newsletter on a (mostly) weekly basis. That said, some changes will be occurring. For starters, I’m moving platforms. As part of that, I’m also hastening confirmation that all of you who receive the newsletter still WANT to receive the newsletter. According to the Canadian government, I still have a year-and-a-half or so to be compliant with CASL and make sure I have your explicit consent to send you stuff. We’re moving up that deadline considerably, to 31 December of this year.

So the first and most important implication is that, if you want to keep on receiving the newsletter, you need to let me know. The easiest way to do that is to click the link that says “Yes! Keep sending me emails!” (We’re all about the obvious). At the very least, send me an email, and I’ll figure out the logistics from there. Barring that, I’ll wish you the best of the season, and you won’t be hearing from me further.

But that would be a shame, because there are LOTS of spiffy updates that are planned. Along with the stuff that you already value. Weekly, you’ll still be seeing the best of the resources that I’ve found that week (and yes, it baffles me too, that I find that much). In addition, I’ll be leading off with a weekly article related to my (various!) fields of interest. And I’ll try to keep you current with the webinars, training and other services that I’m making available on a periodic basis.

In addition, I’ve had feedback from several people that they would love things like our webinars to be available as podcasts. I can’t promise that, but what I can promise is that 2016 will see the launch of a podcast of my very own. This will be a semi-regular occurrence, exploring relatively topical subjects in the news, books I’ve read or am in the process of reading, and other emerging themes. My current thinking is that it will be at least bi-weekly, and possibly more frequently as circumstances allow. It will be syndicated on both SoundCloud and the iTunes store, and I’ll make sure you have all the info necessary to be able to keep connected once it launches.

I will also be writing more in the new year, and publishing my writing in a few different places. A few of you expressed surprise at the number of venues in which you can find my writing, so I’ll attempt to summarize here (and link in the newsletter and my twitter feed as things actually go live). I write a monthly column (and have done for more than a decade) on various project management-related topics for projectmanagement.com. I will be writing at least a couple of times per month about strategy-related issues for emergentstrategies.ca. And markmullaly.com is a great place to find all of the other bits and pieces that don’t have a logical home elsewhere.

You said that you would like to get more in terms of “what’s out there” as well. So some of those bits and pieces will be reviews. Others will be links to other resources that happen to fly across my radar screen. Mentions might include software, white papers, publications, articles, webinars or ephemeral tweets. In all instances, I’ll endeavour to ensure they are interesting and relevant.

All of this is to say that, while I’ve strived to make the newsletter relevant this year, I’m endeavouring to surpass myself in the coming months. I do sincerely hope you’ll stick around to share in the effort. All it takes is clicking on a link that says, “Yes! Keep Sending Me Emails!”

Alternatively, you can follow me on Twitter at @markmullaly, and find all of this and so very much more.

Season’s best, and I look forward to keeping in touch with all of you in the new year.

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