Hope the hustle and bustle has not done too much to dampen your spirits. Many years ago I was visiting with a family when gifts were opened. A 4 year old boy tore through the 8-10 gifts that were his under the tree. After he opened the last one he threw it aside and screamed, “Is that all!” Most of my Christmases growing up were pleasant but I can remember thinking mostly of me, me, me.
Be a servant to those around you. It really is the greatest gift of all.
The Deming app we launched in May 2017 has performed way beyond our expectations. My fault that the online courses have been slow to emerge, but my wish is to finish something before year’s end. Download the app now at Demingco at IOS or Play Store.
We have created the first serious Deming APP. It should roll out first of May 2017. It will always be free and at first will contain a wealth of info about Deming. Later this year we will add some online courses that will introduce users to the power of Deming Philosophy and start the revolution in commerce and healthcare. Enjoy Deming’s Tiger.
It has been 7 months since the passing of my wife, Carolyn. There have been ups and downs as you might imagine, but I find that a new direction is emerging and I am pretty excited about it. With the election of Donald Trump there will be an unprecedented opportunity to adopt the Deming Philosophy as we perhaps should have done in 1980. Deming Started his work in Japan in 1950. After having his System of Profound Knowledge at work for just 30 years, Japan had set a new standard for quality the world over. There is no reason business in the U.S. can’t replicate the Japanese Miracle.
Well we have gone and done it.
This pic is of our latest addition,
Sophie Joy, the day we got her
home. She is just 8 weeks old
and 1 lb. 9 oz. We expect she
will rocket to 5 lbs or so in her
first year. Once we decided to
take the puppy plunge again Carolyn did all the research
and was able to find a family in Georgia that had both
the AKC parents and the price was very reasonable.
Left is a pic of the breeder
with Sophie’s mother. The
biggest challenge has been
adjusting to the demands a
puppy makes on 60+ year
I will be sharing some Deming Philosophy with a local car dealership. It amazes me that with Deming thinking at work in all Japanese and most Korean auto manufacturers, that I fail to see it at the dealership level. Do the makers not believe that the same care and expertise should prevail in sales and service? In any case I admit my addiction. I am forced to point out Deming’s work wherever I go, I cannot help it. Approaching 69 this summer and am looking forward to being out of the sign business. It will take no few speeches to get my groove back, but even that will be a refreshing change.
Thinking about the sign business and what direction to take for the short term. Of course after 40 years I am ready to stop making signs already. I may have 20 years left to make a difference, and I will spend that time speaking and teaching Dr. Deming’s ideas, helping as many as possible to start down the path of his transformational thinking. The most powerful element of teaching Deming is trumpeted in the old saying about “teaching a man to fish”. The main idea behind Deming is a transformation. When this transformation takes place the hearer is no longer able to look at business management, or any kind of organizational management the same way. Deming’s ideas pervade everything he does. As this new convert starts to apply Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge he sees the results and becomes more and more convinced that it works.
I am more that 10 years into this transformation and have seen Deming’s ideas work in businesses large and small. So now it is time to apply systems thinking once again to our situation at SignPrinters. I will be starting the process in the next few weeks and will post updates here so you can share in our success.
At 9:15 am NZ time, a mentor and friend stepped into the light. As the author of this website I am just one of hundreds, no thousands, that have had their lives forever altered by an encounter with Roy Waldrom. Loved as a grandfather, father and husband, Roy was a simple man, simply hearing Father God and teaching what he heard to everyone he met. Simple. “Why are you trying to make it hard?” he asked. “Just ask Jesus.” I was certain the Christian walk could not be that simple. But it was. He will certainly be missed. But Roy lives on in the hearts and lives of those he touched, I for one, will never be the same.
As we wade into a new year I have a lot of wishes. I would like to finally retire from the sign business. Maybe move to a different local. Start back at the gym. When you are making money you buy stuff. Many of us never really think that someday we will have to get rid of most, if not all of it. Our cabin at Callaway Gardens has been wonderful. A place we can go to relax. But when we go there we end up working our tails off cleaning and fixing so that the renters can enjoy it. We don’t have to sell it, but it is just a complication we don’t need at this stage in our lives. Twenty years ago we bought the 6,000 sq. ft. building that houses SignPrinters. When we had 9 employees we used almost all of it. Now we can run the company in 1/4 the space. Just a complication. Finally our big house. Who needs a 3,000 sq. ft. house? Five acres of grounds to keep and heating and cooling the house is time consuming and expensive. We could fit nicely in a house half the size. But when we make these purchases we rarely think about getting rid of them, and that is something a few years has brought into focus for me.