When a certain Army and college buddy comes to call, I always answer. Daniel Klein and I have known each other for a decade and have gone back and forth with business and sound advice that have been mutually beneficial.
When we were in dire straights and in need of a book cover for Letters Never Meant to be Read: Volume II, Daniel’s company Jos. Studios came through in record time.
Over the years, both of us have had our share of ventures, harebrained schemes, and ideas come to fruition. His wife could recount at least a half dozen business ventures that we cooked up, feeding off each other’s creativity.
Although our ultimate business models are not the same, our paths have crossed and will continue to cross in the years and projects to come. I have learned that not all business partners need to share the same passions. They can cross tracks when warranted and be just fine. After all, forcing the issue with business has its time and place with B2B collaboration.
The making of The Forge: Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program Workbook can account for one of these fantastic collaborations.
This brings me to my first glorious summer as a teacher. I had big plans. The 2nd Letters Book was in full motion and I was dabbling with my YouTube channel. I had a backlog of story ideas and all the time in the world…or so I thought…
Daniel called and I answered. I knew that he had a side business developing Six Sigma Courses that he built with The Forge. He told me he had a manuscript that would be ready soon. He knew that I was crafting an independent publishing machine that could handle such a project, and we were off.
“I’m not going to be able to edit the math…” I remember saying this to him over the phone and he agreed. 🙂 Toward the end of the summer, I received the finished manuscript that would soon turn into a full-fledged textbook.
Creating a textbook for Daniel’s Six Sigma Course was important. Not only does it give you clout in your industry, a textbook can also provide another source of revenue. On top of that, a textbook will give you a permanent business card and something to fall back on should your business change or you go in another direction. It should be the backbone of any training platform, and Daniel knew this.
Books are a legacy. They can reel in new clients who are unsure about taking the plunge with your company, or offer that college or university an incentive to seek out your instructors. They can even buy your textbook for their classes.
So, what did I know about Six Sigma Green Belt Certification before I took up this project? Not much. My experience with lean operations or lean anything was intuitive, not formed by doctrine. Some Six Sigma principles can be seen in the Army, but we usually find a way to muddy the waters by adding bureaucratic layers.
The truth is, I was a novice about the subject matter and only learned what I was doing right and wrong after reading the book for the thirtieth or so time. I learned a lot just from reading the book.
What I do have an eye for is good writing and how to take a project and all its pieces to that final stretch. I also know how to take a manuscript, any manuscript, and bring it to market. Lucky for me, that was my job.
For all you editors out there, I kindly recommend that you branch out your skills and edit a non-fiction book once in a while if your main clientele is sci-fi, for example. Or, if you write fiction for a living, edit business books and the occasional fiction just to keep your mind fresh.
I found that I could only edit this book for two hours at a time. The subject matter was fine and it was only painful before I realized what my work schedule needed to be on this project. After that, I was fresh and willing to put the time in and get it right. I had a routine for editing this book, and that was important.
Layout. Well, after my second publication, Worked Stiff: Poetry and Prose for the Common, I thought I had all the tools necessary to layout a book, any book. Seriously, a 8×10 poetry book with full-page illustrations was NOT easy, but I learned so much that I thought I could tackle anything.
Anything, that is, until a Six Sigma Textbook came along. Needless to say, we pushed through and a book went to market. The gritty details were all a learning experience as my skills were tested. Throughout this layout process, I learned so much and had fun. I am confident that any project that comes at me now will be a piece of cake after the last performance.
Shouldn’t have said that…But in all seriousness, I do recommend getting really comfortable with Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign. Special thanks to my buddy Glenn at Sarcopress for helping me through a bind… or two…
The finished product represents hard work and dedication for all involved. To bring something from an idea to a tangible product is something that gives me great joy, even if it’s not mine.
I do recommend this book and these courses for anyone that wants to get a leg up with this Lean Six Sigma training platform.
Here is a link for a discount on the textbook directly from The Forge.
With The Forge’s flexible, live interactive online class, you can gain essential Green Belt online training, as well as Lean and Six Sigma skills at your convenience to improve your company’s standing – and your own – in the business world.
The textbook is a great solution for anyone that needs the down and dirty version of the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Most textbooks on this subject are just painful to read but we made sure this one is not difficult for the beginner.
For all you editors and indie publishers out there, I recommend you branch out your catalog and your skill set. That way, when an old friend comes to call, YOU can say YES to a new project and get your feet wet for a change.
We created this body of knowledge to take someone with zero knowledge of the concepts of Lean Six Sigma and bring them to a level where they could confidently pass a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt exam. Our goal for the readers is to get them ready to certify as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Whether it be as a student or independent reader, this book will be a key part of your preparation for certification. This book includes an introduction to tools and techniques that you may not have encountered yet in practice.
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