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The Goal - Special Edition [Paperback]

Eliyahu M. Goldratt
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1 May 2013
Written in a fast-paced thriller style, The Goal, a gripping novel, is transforming management thinking throughout the world. It is a book to recommend to your friends in industry - even to your bosses - but not to your competitors. Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager working ever more desperately to try improve performance. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. So is his marriage. He has ninety days to save his plant - or it will be closed by corporate HQ, with hundreds of job losses. It takes a chance meeting with a professor from student days - Jonah - to help him break out of conventional ways of thinking to see what needs to be done. The story of Alex's fight to save his plant is more than compulsive reading. It contains a serious message for all managers in industry and explains the ideas, which underline the Theory of Constraints (TOC), developed by Eli Goldratt.

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Productivity and Quality (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8185984565
  • ISBN-13: 978-8185984568
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 613,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eliyahu M. Goldratt is an internationally recognized leader in the development of new business management concepts and systems, and acts as an educator to many of the world's corporations. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eureka 5 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
Everyone can spot a myriad of problems within any business and in too many cases people try tackling all of them. This amounts to a huge game of 'whack a rat', that circus game where plastic rodents appear out of holes and you bash them with a big rubber hammer to make them go away. Only each time you get rid of one rat, or problem, another appears from a different hole and before long there are loads of problems springing up all over the place. You end up running round in circles trying to fix a never ending growing list of problems. Sound familiar?

The Goal is a business novel set at a manufacturing plant. Don't let this put you off if you're in a business or department that doesn't manufacturing! The physical nature of the problems described in the book helps you to visualise the core message that Goldratt's putting across: The Theory of Constraints (TOC) in which any system can be viewed as a 'chain' and somewhere in that chain is a weak link that limits the throughput of the entire system. Using TOC to correctly identify the weak link, or 'constraint', is a vital first step to solving a multitude of problems. The book goes on to explain how to work with the constraint from a holistic perspective enabling you to focus your activities where they will have the highest possible beneficial impact on your business for the least amount of effort. In other words, TOC tells you which rat to whack!

I've now encountered a few people who've read this book and somehow come away with the impression that it's telling you to focus on local optima -this is certainly not the case. If, after reading the book, you have this view then I'd highly recommend reading The Logical Thinking Process by Dettmer.

TOC in itself is obvious - once you understand it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This novel succeeds in being outstanding at so many levels that it could receive a multiple of five stars. It is hard to imagine a management book in novel form ever approaching this one in usefulness. Most people will learn more that they can apply from this book about management than many people learn to apply from an M.B.A.

The basic story is built around the dilemmas facing Alex Rogo, a newly-appointed plant manager. The plant can't seem to ship, it's losing money, and bad things can happen to good people if all this doesn't change soon. Alex is at a loss for what to do until he pulls out a cigar that Jonah, a physicist from Israel, had recently given him. That cigar reminds him to contact Jonah for possible help. From there, the path to recovery begins.

Let me describe some of the many levels on which this novel is valuable.

First, the book explains how to see businesses as systems as well as any other book on this subject. It compares favorably in this area to such important works as The Fifth Discipline and the Fifth Discipline Handbook. The metaphor of how to speed up a slow-moving group of boy scouts will be visceral to anyone who has done any hiking with a group.

Second, the book helps you learn how to improve the performance of a system by providing you with a replicable process that you can apply to analyzing any human or engineering system. The primary metaphor is improving a manufacturing process, but the same principles apply more broadly to other circumstances.

Third, you will experience the power of the Socratic method as a way to stimulate your mind to learn, and to use Socratic questions to stimulate the minds of others to become better thinkers and doers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Management Book 22 Sep 2009
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There aren't too many 'interesting' management books out there. This one is. By creating characters in a manufacturing plant and putting them in a story, that I'm sure we can all relate to, the author has produced a bit of a masterpiece. It is an old book - written before mobile phones and computers ran the world - so some predicaments are no longer valid. Also, it may teach you to suck eggs in places and some of the situations are a little too contrived.

But, on the whole, an excellent management book. A real page-turner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than meets the eye 10 Aug 2007
By Mr. D-G
Format:Paperback
I first read this book 10 years ago & have now re-read it.

The story is pleasant enough but also there is a huge amount of thought that has gone into this book. The pschology of targets is relevant to any business, the team nature of the problem solving & the observations of the impact on the personal lives of senior managers are also usefully explored.

If you like the one minute manager you will like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Management classic 19 Aug 2009
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Great book. Had previous copies and given them to colleagues. Manufacturing management techniques described in simple terms in a very readable story. If you're in manufacturing management/supervision you need to read this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A BREAK FROM TRADITIONAL WRITING 9 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
Personally I like his style. Having bought dozens of management books over the years which are very dry and boring, this is a fresh approach to those who do not know his work.

Past students of his must be well sought after people as they must be convinced that the approach to busines probelms has as much to do with business success as anything else. Past autocratic managers succeeded only because their employees were ignorant of better methods. Goldratt approaches with real life stories, which if you are bright enough will ring a bell ('I knew I could do it differently').

It sows a seed of enthusiasm to learn more.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A very amateur novel of zero educational value
I hoped this book would shed light on the subjects it promises to explain, especially considering its hype and glowing reviews. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow
An excellent insight into Lean facillitation, making it easy to follow and understand the theory of constraints, see if you can find the Herbie in your business
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This is the book that you'll wish everyone around had read when you have to explain where they are fooling themselves with vanity metrics. Read more
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