New book from TTU Alumnus Ralph Jarvis fuses two business ideas into one solution
by Clay Fuchs
Ralph Jarvis’ research suggests that company owners and executives are constantly searching for better ways to do business. Now, the Texas Tech University business management alumnus and owner of Jarvis Business Solutions, believes he has found that solution.
In his new book, “Any Questions?: A Leadership Primer For Sustainability, Driven by Lean Six Sigma,” Jarvis is using the age-old adage, “Take only what you need,” along with sound business practices to create a set of ideas businesses should adopt.
The book focuses on how companies must begin observing sustainable business practices while also adopting “Lean Six Sigma,” or a quality-improvement concept designed to reduce waste and process-cycle time.
“As far as I know, my book is the only primer, or instruction book, to executives about this subject that exists in the marketplace right now,” Jarvis said. “So from that point of view, I’m very proud of the fact that I’ve got something to hand over and say, ‘Here’s my card, and by the way here’s the book to tell you how to get it done.”
Jarvis said the book describes the streamlining process a corporation goes through to be more efficient and increase performance.
Meet the Author
Ralph Jarvis was born and raised in West Texas and studied business and statistics at Texas Tech University. Jarvis worked for Electronic Data Systems in Plano until retiring in 2007.
He is the founder of Jarvis Business Solutions, LLC. Beyond earning his business management degree from Texas Tech University, Jarvis has received a Global Masters of Business Administration in International Finance, Masters of Management in Information Systems, Executive Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
He said this is becoming more and more essential for businesses due to the ever-increasing population and the decrease in natural resources.
“We’re going to have to be more efficient because resources are going to cost more, whether it’s food, water, energy, or anything that’s associated with the basic needs, it’s actually going to increase in time,” Jarvis said. “Why is that? Because we have 7 billion people on this planet, and we’ll add another 3 or 4 billion in 35 years.”
According to Jarvis, the world is at a tipping point. He said with such high population increases the world’s natural resources will be severely depleted. Jarvis’ message to businesses in his book to counter the strain on natural resources is to learn and practice new methods that will not only keep businesses sustainable, but will also increase profits and lower costs.
He said the whole concept of sustainability essentially flushes out the waste in a business and helps to make it more competitive in the marketplace.
Jarvis is working on a new book about external sustainability and said he is taking a more pragmatic view of the topic.
“Basically, what do executives need to look at outside of the brick and mortar,” Jarvis said. “There are communities they need to listen to, from nongovernmental organizations and special interest groups, to marketplaces and understanding where the resources are coming from.”
Clay Fuchs is a Media Relations Intern in the Office of Communications & Marketing at Texas Tech University.