I was out shopping for Lululemon pants (addicted – started with Inspire, now on to Fast & Free) when my husband pointed out a lone book on a shelf near the fitting rooms. The Title The Goal was intriguing (naturally) but the paper back looked old and outdated. 1984?! “Trust me,” he said. “It’s good.” We left the store and that evening I found the book in our library at home.
The Theory of Constraints seeks to identify bottlenecks and alleviate them in order to improve efficiencies. The interesting thing I found was how Alex, the Production Plant Manager, gets his whole management team on board to solve the plant’s problem. It takes time to bring people together, but once a team is really a team, you know it. It’s palpable. The end result is produced much faster with a group reaching for a goal, than a group of individuals without a common purpose.
If you want a timeless good read on Leadership and the Theory of Constraints in the manufacturing industry, check out Eli Goldratt’s book The Goal. https://www.amazon.com/Goal-Process-Ongoing-Improvement/dp/0884271951/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493676396&sr=8-1&keywords=the+goal