Systems that Really Rock
Many of our blowups happened at the end of a gig, when it was time to tear down the equipment (one homemade light tree, some well-worn speakers, and 40 miles of cable and duct tape that held it all together), and head for home.
I must admit, it was hard to pull away from the usual small group of stragglers (we called “our fans”) who flattered us with, “Great sound…sure to be ROCK STARS!” Now, that was a HIGH! The fact that we were covering other people’s music (you know, the REAL rock stars’ songs), even imitating their dress and best moves, never seemed to dim our big dreams.
Yes, I’m getting to the systems!
As I said, someone in the band had to lead—to insist we stop posing for snapshots and pack up the equipment. That “someone” turned out to be me, as I was the one who had attending school and a printing job to bring me back down to earth each day. I also owned— and generally drove—the van, so many times I was the spoiler of the band’s good times. The guys nicknamed me, “Bummer.” I suspect that’s how many employees see the boss!
Ultimately, I was elected the official band leader, since I not only booked our gigs, but also owned most of the equipment. Still, I had no real authority, other than my ONE vote. So, arguments continued to break out and someone was always threatening to quit.
Many times, I would just clam up and start loading equipment—usually, with only my big brother Billy. I didn’t want to lose any band members, and I felt responsible to those who had booked us, because I had sold them on how “great” we were—we would arrive on time and give them the best show (product) ever.
Philip Beyer, founder/president of Ebiz Products LLC and founder of Beyer Printing Inc. in Nashville Tenn., is a chronic entrepreneur, business systems analyst and consultant. Author of "System Busters: How to Stop Them in Your Business" and recipient of an InterTech Technology Award for the design and development of System100 business process management software. Beyer speaks to business owners across the country on how to bring lean, sustainable order to their businesses. Contact him at (615) 425-2652.