Adding Value to Others – Editor Style

The honor of being asked to help someone with their book is pretty dang awesome. About a year ago, a contemporary of mine in the Automotive Technical Training world asked me for some help on advanced fuel injection, for a book he is authoring. Not that I am a fuel injection genius, but that I am good at networking and can probably find someone with a lot more knowledge than me upstairs about Fuel Injection. A few months later, his publisher contacted me to possibly develop a course load in Fixed Operations for his publishing house. Wow! Then a couple of months after that another car-side contemporary shared a manuscript with me that resonated greatly with some of my existing work, and the course load I was absorbing through the John Maxwell Team curriculum. We decided to work together.


Now Steve is a dedicated work-oriented kind of guy. Heck, he commutes 100 miles each way for his current premium car brand — teaching their technicians. Between our own employer oriented commitments, family-time, and life changes it seems like an eternity (really just a few months) since we’ve made headway. Well he’s added some content I’ve requested. I’ve written the Foreword. We are gathering graphics and I am already laying out the pages in Adobe’s In Design. I think about the last 10 years and the blessings that have come my way.

Ten years ago would I have pictured publishing my own books, designing a training program for Ducati, developing Manana No Mas for consumption, managing the Publications and Training for Suzuki (Marine, Motorcycle and Automotive) and now assisting a respected professional in his own right, onto this path? To he who is diligent with small things, much will be given…

Luke 16:10New International Version (NIV)

10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

I feel as though I am being asked for something more. It’s not enough to list the accomplishments above without taking a moment to confess where the gifts, persistence and energy comes from to make it happen. Life has also tossed its fair share of hand grenades at me and the family. It is our faith in a Living God that continues to give that push and while I fail daily in thoughts and action… I am very conscious of His presence and my obligation to do more, do better.

At Suzuki we are working to modernize the training presentation and support their incredible product with a Training and Publication offering to match. Manana No Mas! continues to develop with new content in the background affiliated with Motorex USA and their product support. “My Customer My Business” from Stevan Batinik is the final tier that will highlight an incredibly blessed, exciting 2016. “My Customer My Business” coming to a book store near you – stay tuned.