Friday, January 19, 2007
Ramona Harmon to the Rescue
In the winter of 2003/04 I was in Ft Lauderdale (on my motorcycle) finishing the edits on Purple Curve Effect. I needed an illustrator in order to finish the book. I was actively attending an evening Toastmasters chapter and sent out word that I was looking for an artist to help complete the project.
Ramona answered the plea. She hit a grand slam! I gave her very specific thoughts, and insight into what I thought was needed. Three illustrations for inside the book, and the cover art. Compelling. That is my reaction to the chart that became the cover. That wrinkled chart paper was a neat touch. The "purple curve" of unending upward growth captures my message.
The "purple curve effect" is the growth (or throughput) when an entity applies focus to finding and fixing the weakest link, and only the weakest link. Yea, that is the overly simplistic answer. Buy the book for the longer explanation.
Well, chapter 15 starts part three of the book, and offers hands on exercises for applying the principals to the readers' organization. In the first two parts, we learned thirteen tenets that should be applied, now in conclusion, the "insights" that should take the concepts in the book from the "that sounds interesting" phase to, "Now I see!"
Purple Curve Insight #1
"You alone decide your success.
Or happiness. Or throughput.
Make a decision."
Interesting aside, it was this chapter where I shared my passion and desire to create a custom VTwin motorcycle company. Those that know me, will attest that I did just that. With a twist. I became a dealer and then created a unique brand with a number of unusual yet popular options. So without the overhead and expense of creating an intensive manufacturing operation, I still had all the benefits. Plus got to ride my first creation at Sturgis'05!
It really is about "making a decision."
Still not sure? Buy the book. I am happy to talk with my blog readers about their unique challenges... and owners of my book get to move to the front of the line.
Jeff 'SKI' Kinsey, Jonah
P.S. Repeat after me: "If it is to be, it is up to me."
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