Suggested Reading

The Goal

by EliyahuGoldratt and Jeff Cox

The Goal is a story that revolves around saving a manufacturing plant, but the principles used to save it apply to every industry and every kind of business. The Goal contains an important insight, the Theory of Constraints. The theory says that every system, no matter how well it performs, has at least one constraint that limits its performance – this is the system’s “weakest link.” These are where bottlenecks occur that prevent an organization from maximizing its performance and reaching its goals. Constraints can involve people, supplies, information, equipment, or even policies, and they can be internal or external to an organization. A leader must continually focus on identifying and unlocking the primary constraint of the business. The Goal is a must-have book for any leader with a serious desire to drive real, organizational improvement and change.