I am currently doing some work with the TOC thinking tools. I thought I’d take a break and share how I first encountered them.
Back in 1991 or 1992, I was working at Applied Microsystems Corporation. The company has since folded, but at the time was a manufacturer of high-end electronic test equipment.
One day, Brian, my manager, handed me a book to read. He indicated that Doug, our VP of Sales, had just returned from a trip to Japan and had been raving about some book. I remember thinking at the time, somewhat enviously, “Great. Doug goes to Japan, and I stay here and get a damn homework assignment. Lovely.”
Well, I took the book home and began to read. I thought it was odd that it was written as a story, and not as another how-to book on business.
Long story short, I could not put it down. I read all 300 pages or so, cover to cover, in a weekend. It had a profound effect on me, and launched me on a journey that continues to this day. While the journey has been mostly positive, let me warn you that taking the Red Pill, in any of its various compoundings, has surprisingly strong side effects, both positive and negative.
It’s funny how certain events, ones that a person had no hand in creating, wind up dramatically changing the course of one’s life.
But, you know, free will….