Friday, September 28, 2012

Our Sequel...........

 What a surprise it was to meet the new owners of Barton!  Conner and Becky certainly surprised us all didn't they?  And Joe’s wife having another baby?  Who figured that would happen?  And then Stan announces that he’s getting married.  Yes, Epiphanized was full of surprises and I’d like to tell you that everyone lived happily ever after, but as you’ll all find out in the sequel we’ve begun to write, life is not always as predictable as we’d like it to be.  There are twists and turns in everyone’s life and our sequel is no exception.

One of the things we want to do in our sequel is to move away from the traditional manufacturing scenario that many of the TOC books you read present themselves in and move on to areas like service industries and even a look at the medical field.  We’re doing this because we want to show you that these tools, principles and techniques are not limited to a manufacturing environment.  We will introduce some new tools or at least some tools that we didn’t weave into the story-line of Epiphanized and we’ll use these tools in an environment that is not manufacturing which many of you have requested since reading the first in this series.

Since writing Epiphanized we have received quite a few good reviews which indicates to us that many of you liked what we had to offer.  There will be some new characters added to our sequel as the situation arises, but we won’t forget about Joe, Sam, Connor and Becky.  One of the industries we will enter into is Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and specifically, we’ll probably write about Aviation Maintenance.

Another area we will explore is the medical field where we’ll demonstrate how the same tools, principles and techniques we used in Epiphanized will work equally well in this industry and for that matter, any industry.  You’ll see us writing about problems in, for example, an emergency room and a surgical unit and we’ll weave new characters into this new story line.  In these days of rising medical costs, we believe we can demonstrate to a whole new audience that the key to profitability is not through saving money, but rather through making money.  As we demonstrated in Epiphanized, these two approaches are dramatically different.

We intend to keep the format simple and easy to understand because that’s what many of the Epiphanized readers said they liked about it.  We don’t intend to bore you with excessive theory because we want you to be able to read our work, become epiphanized, and then apply it to your own work scenario.  For Bruce and me, it’s all about helping companies get better and to become more competitive.  Making money on a book is not what motivates either of us.  Seeing, or at least reading about, personal epiphanies is payment enough for us.  We all have a responsibility to “give back” as we live our lives and helping people and companies succeed is our form of payback.

We’ll keep you informed about the progress of our sequel and we even welcome suggestions about different industries you’d like to see included or even improvement tools you’d like us to write about.  Our intention is to entertain, but at the same time we want to educate our readers on how to make dramatic improvements in very short time periods.  These two are not mutually exclusive!  So stay tuned and as I mentioned before if you have suggestions on things you’d like to read about, let us know and we’ll make every effort to include them in our sequel.

In closing, we want to thank everyone for their support of Epiphanized and we look forward to completing and distributing our next book.

Bob Sproull

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