Uwe Techt is a managing director, public speaker and author of several books and specialist articles, including Goldratt and the Theory of Constraints and Projects that Flow. I was lucky enough to catch up with Uwe over Skype and have a chat about his work and interests.
- Could you tell me a little about yourself?
I was born in 1964 and my first love was music. I played the flute and studied music, but I decided that it just wasn’t for me. When I was around 14/15 years old I composed some music of my own, and it was during my
search for a publisher that I made the decision to found my own publishing company. I sold the company when I was 22. There was no big money involved but it was a very interesting experience!
- What is your writing process like?
It depends on the book. Goldratt and the Theory of Constraints took me 6 weeks to write, but Projects that Flow took 6 years! I usually write every now and again rather than in big, marathon sessions.
As far as research goes, the general ideas presented in the two books come from Goldratt and other such genius thinkers. In the case of Goldratt and the Theory of Constraints, I used several sources from Goldratt as well as others, so as to present the Theory of Constraints in a compressed, but nevertheless detailed, way. When I was writing Projects that Flow, I drew on Goldratt again but I also put this knowledge into practice. I wrote the book based on my own personal experience as well as the experiences of my colleagues, which we had gained over a number of years working with and exploring these concepts.
- Could you tell us about your publishing experiences?
I self-published my first book, Goldratt and the Theory of Constraints, which was an interesting experience to say the least. It worked though, it definitely worked. If I had to give some advice to anyone looking to self-publish, I would say focus on the content. You can do all the marketing you want for a book, but it’s not going to matter unless the content is good. I didn’t do any marketing for Goldratt and the Theory of Constraints, but now I’m starting to do a little more, such as get more reviews. My books don’t tend to need much marketing because of their target audience. Every manager at my company receives a copy of Projects that Flow to help them get all their projects organised.
I didn’t self-publish Projects that Flow because of the way the books are gaining momentum. I write in German, and as the books have been translated into three languages, I like having someone to edit, translate and format.
- Are you working on anything right now?
As always, I’m working on several projects! The main one is Success in Project Business, a follow on from Projects that Flow. If Projects that Flow is about how to manage the business, Success in Project Business adds that competitive edge and presents ways of making money.
Right now I’m also collaborating with a ghost-writer, but we’ll see how it turns out. I’m not sure at the moment if I prefer to work with another person or not, but I like the new experience!
- Do you prefer public speaking or writing?
I think I prefer public speaking, but the writing is fun too! Right now my favourite part of my job is when I work with the customer service teams. I love having discussions and exploring the more interactive side of my work.
- Do you have a favourite motivational phrase?
Yes, “the sky is not the limit.” I think one day I might use it as the title of a new book.
- Finally, does music still feature in your life?
Yes. I picked the flute up again 5 years ago and have been having lessons every few weeks since.
Thank you so much for you time, and good luck with your various projects!
You can find out more about Uwe at www.uwetecht.de