Sooner or later we all discover a bottleneck or hindrance to achieving an objective. Unfortunately, most of us in management are not automatically gifted with the understanding of how to remove every roadblock we encounter.

Eliyahu M Goldratt's 1984 book The Goal has become a core resource for managers in companies of all sizes and a primer in management school curriculums. Packed with detailed information and realistic examples of how a struggling factory turned around once the staff understood the Theory of Constraints, this book is a must-read for all managers and anyone who wants to grow within their company. Recognized as one of the most important business books ever written, it is still outstandingly relevant 22 years later.

The Goal outlines the concepts of Dependency, Variability, and Interaction, and explains the way they have an effect on outcomes such as Lead Time, and On-Time Performance.

If your facility feels stuck or is struggling to be profitable, read The Goal and investigate Goldratt’s other books and myriad of resources from the Goldratt Institute.

Suggested Additional Reading

  • Value Added Auditing Third Edition: Standard Manual of Risk Based, Process Auditing – Gregory Hutchins
  • The Invisible Employee: Using Carrots to See the Hidden Potential in Everyone – Gostick & Elton
  • Getting the Right Things Done: A Leader's Guide to Planning and Execution – Pascal Dennis
  • Management Challenges for the 21st Century - Peter F. Drucker
  • The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization – Peter F. Drucker
  • Coaching and Mentoring Your Mentor and Guide to Doing Business Effectively – Harvard Business Essentials
  • Six Sigma for Managers – Greg Brue
  • Six Sigma Demystified - Paul Keller
  • Lean Six Sigma Demystified – Jay Arthur
  • The Deming Management Method – Mary Walton
  • Out of the Crisis – W. Edwards Deming
  • Juran’s Quality Handbook – Joseph Juran & Joseph DeFeo
  • Who Moved My Cheese? – Gostick & Elton
  • The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer – Jeffrey Liker
  • The Toyota Way to Continuous Improvement: Linking Strategy and Operational Excellence to Achieve Superior Performance – Liker & Franz
  • True Alignment: Linking Company Culture with Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results – Edgar Papke
  • The ISO handbook - Robert W. Peach