Since it was first introduced in the multi-million-copy best seller The Goal, Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt's Theory of Constraints (TOC) has emerged as one of the most flexible and effective approaches to management and problem solving in the corporate world. Now taught in business schools everywhere and successfully used in companies of all sizes around the world, TOC has changed the way a generation of professionals maximize profits and resources by focusing on and clearing the constraints that get in their way.
In Beyond The Goal, Dr. Goldratt elaborates on his profoundly influential theories in a straightforward, practical, and pragmatic presentation designed to help you put these powerful ideas to valuable use. Speaking with the brilliance and insight that has made him a sought-after teacher and top consultant, Dr. Goldratt addresses some of the most asked-about elements of understanding and applying TOC, including:
Whether you're new to Dr. Goldratt's philosophy, or a TOC veteran looking for fresh strategies for turning turn concepts into consequences, Beyond The Goal makes it abundantly clear why joining the Theory of Constraints revolution has never been easier, or more important for your company and your career.
© Eliyahu M. Goldratt; (P)2005 Gildan Audio, a division of Gildan Media Corp.
I read the original book and now this one. It is good primer on the areas of MRP, ERP, Logistics, Supply Chains and Software. Goldratt is very opinionated and passionate. I have spent 10 years being a consultant to many companies in the same fields and I can confirm that he is the very best in this speciality. He is the Peter Drucker, Tom Peters and Stevan Covey combined for the Supply Chain space. I wish audible.com would introduce more Supply Chain and Project Management books such as this one.
The audio book covers various examples and concepts of the goal, TOC, Critical Chain and concludes in an offer for consultants to help your company develop strategy alignment. It has an interesting dialog on complexity and how using the scientific method can help formalize the conflict (root cause) and overcome major obstacles (find the silver bullet). Fundamentally, it is a six hour sales pitch.
I am such a big supporter of Eliyahu Goldratt and he is an exceptional person. However this audio book is nothing short of a disgrace, for a smart guy he has an egotistically blind spot that is just sad. He is a terrible terrible terrible narrator and makes a good message awful, I think buying this book in audio format would be a terrible error.
With all due respect to Goldratt, I found it very difficult to understand him with his very strong accent. Time to employ a voice over artist.
I was hoping to hear more detail from him with all his experience. Not disappointed but a little under-satisfied.
I listened to Beyond the Goal immediately following The Goal so the concepts were fresh in my mind. While the story format of The Goal made the concepts memorable and easy to understand, it was beneficial to have them laid out in a more formal presentation.
I would have liked to, though I think it would be a bit much to internalize all that is discussed. The presentations are divided in a way that makes it easy to pick up where you leave off. You may want to listen to this and set it aside for a few weeks before you listen again.
I actually enjoyed having Goldratt narrate the book despite some of the poor reviews. It was similar listening to speeches given by Reagan versus having them performed by someone else.
It has answers to many problems faced by each organization and they struggle to take an action to get organization back on track.
The man is obviously quite bright. Brighter than me I'm sure. His talks apply to plant production - producing something requiring quality control like a lamp or an auto part. Not relevent to customer service based or web based or even entertainment based businesses (intellectual property, etc.). He seems to be convinced that he himself is the sole, self enthroned revolutionary without whose work the world would be doomed to its "old ways" prior to his "groundbreaking" theory of constraints - critical "chain"(path). I'm sorry but i just don't get all the hype. He seems to drone on like some religious leader looking to found his own industrial hyper-productive cult. But it's chatter chatter chatter. I couldn't get past the fourth hour. Was highly turned off by his self aggrandizing and back patting. Skip it.
"More of a Lecture than a book"
Whilst there is good material in this recording it very quickly gets old hearing the presenter refer to diagrams/charts you can't see as he is presenting live in front of an audience here ... The initial guidance says there are files that can be downloaded with the PowerPoint slides: I can't find them and got no response when I emailed audible to ask for them.
If you like the late Dr Goldratt's self-assured delivery (i'm OK with it) you'll like this. For others a conventional book may be a better place to start
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