Though blogging orthodoxy says that you should never explain why you didn't blog lately because nobody cares, let me just say that I just completed the manuscript of my book (in French, alas), and that it really took me more time than anticipated to complete this. Basically most of my holidays since two years plus a certain number of late evenings were devoted to writing things that very few people actually care about in the business world.
In a nutshell, it's a book about trust. It's called "Le prix de la confiance", which can be translated either by "The Price Of Trust" or "The Prize Of Trust". What I realized since I started working on Communities of Practice is that there is a very strong link between trust, communities, collaboration, communication, web 2.0, responsiveness and innovation (whew!) and I wanted to find some common underlying management model that ties all this together. I don't know if I succeeded, but at least the first reader of the book, a former CEO turned priest, called me two days ago to tell me that he found it "VERY interesting". So it looks that it wasn't a waste of time.
Why did I write it in French? Basically for three reasons. First it's my native language, and it's more difficult for me to write in English since I left the US in 2002. Second, there are too many bright people I don't know in the US writing on these things in the US, and it is probably easier to find my place in the French ecosystem, which is less crowded. Third, I love my country in spite of its errands, and I really would like France to embrace the knowledge economy a little more faster than it does today.