In this intriguing business novel, which illustrates state-of-the-art economic theory, Alex Rogo is a UniCo plant manager whose factory and marriage are failing. To revitalize the plant, he follows piecemeal advice from an elusive former college professor who teaches, for example, that reduction in the efficiency of some plant operations may make the entire operation more productive. Alex's attempts to find the path to profitability and to engage his employees in the struggle involve the listener; and thankfully the authors' economic models, including a game with matchsticks and bowls, are easy to understand. Although some characters are as anonymous as the goods manufactured in the factory, others ring true. In addition, the tender story of Alex and his wife's separation and reconciliation makes a touching contrast to the rest of the book. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the state of the American economy.
©1984 Original material © 1984, Revised 1986, 1992, 2004, 2014 Goldratt1 Ltd. "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" © 2008 Eliyahu M. Goldratt. (P)2014 (p) 2014 Goldratt1 Ltd.
Best book I've ever heard/read and a narrator for each character is a brilliant idea. The best character in the novel was Juna!
So, I hate audiobooks that use different voices for the characters, and most especially sound effects - BUT, I was able to swallow that for the first five minutes and get into it. Now, once you realize who/what the author is - you realize the book was written from his utopian view of how a manufacturing business could save itself - but, it's not completely unrealistic, just lacks any kind of real world influencers that could thwart his theories on how implementing lean production would fit into the mold of organizations.
But, it's a good story, you cheer for the protagonist and there is some very useful business ideas and concepts.
The last hour is kind of silly - it's a 45 minute interview with the author where he rambles on about flow theory.
I read this book 20 years ago, and while the story has a lot of remnants from the 1980s that don't translate well to todays modern world, the concepts demonstrated through fixing the broken factory are still true today as they were then. It should be required reading or listening to anyone who works in a leadership position in their careers regardless of the field they work.
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
It is one of my favorites, it's a different type of book than I usually read, but it's very good.
The hike, i don't want to give away any spoilers :)
The hike again.
Where's your Herbie?
Multiple characters make the audio version engrossing (most of the time). This book was assigned reading for a business course. Delivering concepts through storytelling is a brilliant approach to learning.
Jonah, because, DUH!
Nope. Are any?
Good for people in charge of or have influence on processes of any kind (i.e., anyone).
Great story reads like a novel, great analogies to real life issues in manufacturing. Though now it's not so ground breaking it helps build a foundation for anyone that wants to manage a manufacturing company.
this is a fantastic audiobook! I purchase the book and struggle to get through it but this audio version brought the characters in the story storyline to life ! I highly recommend this audiobook
a most amazing book. the most fun business book I have read. It has a riveting storyline - yes this is a novel not a mere text book filled to the brim of practical real world situations of a factory in distress an how its manager saved it from closure. Quute worth your time
Easy to comprehend.
Logical thinking and breaking down common sense gets you a long way. Although a lot of people forget about that from time to time and follow established processes blindly.
The problem today is that too many people have forgotten what business is really about. Businesses are here to make money and that is how people get paid! So, here the author uses a story to illustrate 5 rules to help you accomplish this task in any business. I like this whole concept and how the 5 rules were come up with in a story rather than a fact book meant to teach the concepts. I also like the five rules and I keep hearing them at my job. However, no one is applying them and I wonder why? I was required to read this book for my performance review after all.
"Gripping fantastic book masterfully narrated."
Great novel from am outstanding mentor. I didn't even realise I was giving it a third listening to.
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