Ever since childhood, I was fascinated by writing. I think the process is stimulating, and you learn a lot more when you write down your thoughts and ideas. I have tried different genres; I wrote poems, short stories and plays. For several years I also worked as a political analyst and journalist.
I started blogging in early 2000, where I wrote mainly about politics, economic and social issues. Unfortunately, all of my blogs were banned by Iran’s government one after another. Because their contents were categorised as inappropriate and against national interests by the government (this is a standard procedure in Iran, and almost everyone who writes something that the government doesn’t like gets their blogs filtered), regardless of this problem, for around a decade (from 2000 to 2010), Iran had a big community of bloggers, and during this period, my blogs regularly had hundreds of daily viewers.
With the emergence of social media, blogging lost its popularity, and people started sharing their thoughts via Facebook and twitters. I also found this new platform fascinating, although it didn’t have the depth of long blog posts. Anyhow, I continue occasionally writing in my blog until 2018, when I stopped.
Now, here we are with a new website. There are two differences between this one and the previous ones. First of all, I’m going to write in English instead of Persian. Second, I now plan to write mostly short, concise and practical texts about organisational learning and development, management, leadership and entrepreneurship—namely my professional expertise, since as a PhD candidate, I regularly read and write about these issues. I also have over 15 years of experience working in various organisations as a project manager, regional manager, board member and chairman. However, time to time I might write about topics related to the broader social sciences.
Combining my experience and knowledge enables me to write valuable texts. I hope that these texts help you in your professional life, whether you are a CEO, an HR specialist, a project manager or just an employee who wants to perform better.
Written by Morteza Eslahchi, PhD researcher in organisational learning and development