If you are reading this, you are probably familiar with at least some of my works. My thoughts now turn to “leaving a legacy” and generating some ways to more permanently embedding my theme of Square Wheels® into the business literature. At age 73,
- I am motivated by the idea of writing a book and making performance tools available to the global business community.
- I am not motivated by the idea of marketing a book, doing webcasts, giving presentations, and driving sales discussions.
- making money is NOT my personal motivation, since I have the resources I need already to do what I want to do.
SO, I am looking for someone interested in working closely with me to develop the materials, redoing my business development toolkits, promoting the concepts and generating income from those activities.
Since, 1993, I have been delivering workshops and presentations around the concept illustrated below:
The core idea is to generate engagement by asking, “How might this illustration represent how things really work in most organizations?”
The illustration works as a Rorschach inkblot, in that there is no reality to the illustration but people readily project their ideas on to the image. And a group of people will generate a lot of ideas, not always around how “most organizations” really work but around how THEIR organization works. Square Wheels represent the things that exist but that do not work smoothly. And the round wheels are already in the wagon, so it is not about invention. I have written extensively about the image and its impacts and you can see other blog articles by clicking on the link below:
My overall idea is to develop a book and packages of materials that can be used in classroom training or by supervisors interested in involving and engaging and motivating their people more effectively. The book might be like One Minute Manager or Cheese or similar but it could wrap around my unique visual tools and metaphors. I know of no other metaphor with as much proven power to generate active involvement than the Square Wheels images and I have over 300 different line art versions focused on different themes and issues. I have also developed a parallel set of images and stop-motion movies using our LEGO versions of these ideas.
The basic idea is for me to assist someone in this collaboration who:
- ideally is already experienced in business consulting and the delivery of workshops and presentations
- believes in using metaphors and stories for organizational development
- already has publishing experience and who likes marketing and sales
- is interested in co-writing a book and acting as primary author,
- wants to develop a business around managing and leading change, focused on organizational development and training others to facilitate organizational improvement,
- who is interested in building a 20+ year business around marketing and sales of products and services to trainers and consultants, internationally
- who is committed to coaching and themes like innovation, leadership, performance improvement, and personal development
I have a LOT of the materials already available and have presented workshops and other programs internationally since 1993 around themes of service quality, innovation and creativity, organizational performance improvement, and change and motivation. The title of the works may focus on my theme of Teaching The Caterpillar to Fly or around Square Wheels. Click below to see some of the writings around the change metaphor of caterpillars and butterflies that I have extensively developed:
- Blog article – part one on managing and leading change
- Slideshare program of quotes and metaphors
- Various poems, illustrated quotes, haiku, posters, etc at www.poemsontheworkplace.com
- There are over 600 articles around the themes of performance improvement on my main blog
We have been selling a variety of different toolkits for facilitation, including programs on managing and leading change, what managers can to to improve engagement, quality improvement and other topics, including icebreakers and simple tools for involving and engaging people. We have different websites focused on these tools and on teambuilding and other frameworks.
I can be prolific, but I do not want to start a new business and begin marketing a book at this time.
Care to collaborate?
Scott Simmerman Ph.D. CPF, CPT is still managing partner of PMC, but sort of retired…
Scott is developer of the Square Wheels® images and the board game version of The Search for The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine
Scott has presented his concepts in 47 countries and collaborates with consultants and trainers worldwide.
You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can see his profile at LinkedIn