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The Goal Audiobook

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement - 30th Anniversary Edition

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Jeremy Brisbane, Aus 07/10/2016
    Jeremy Brisbane, Aus 07/10/2016 Member Since 2014

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    "Great story and useful information"

    I really enjoyed this book, story was great, it has sound of machinery when walking through a factory, birds chirping when hiking a trail, to rock music while driving home after a promotion. It has different voices of all the character's too, by far the best audio experience compared to other audio story books.

    You get to see how a manufacting plant is run from the managers perspective, seeing the effects of new improvements. As a small business owner myself i have noticed areas that can be improved, based from the methods taught in this book.

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    Rod 06/05/2014
    Rod 06/05/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Must read for anyone in business"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone in business. I read it 30 years ago, and I have listened to it twice just now and it is still as relevant to anyone in business today. While it is set around a manufacturing plant, don't be fooled into thinking that it is just about manufacturing -- it is really about thinking, and how to think through improvements in any environment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jonah


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The scout troup hike, which explained the "drum, rope, buffer" concept without actually saying "drum, rope, buffer".


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sometimes. The parallel story of Alex's family life was a nice emotional touch the first time reading, but it detracts on the next few readings, if you are like me and want to go back over the concepts and study the book in more detail.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for business people.

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  • Kollar, Laszlo
    Budapest, HUN Hungary
    12/06/16
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    "Digging for the roots of the Phoenix Project"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goal to be better than the print version?

    as a daily commuter audiobooks are more convenient for me than print or an e-book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goal?

    I picked this book since it was mentioned in another book called the Phoenix Project. I was looking for ammunition in a discussion about the analogy between running a manufacturing plant and running an IT shop. IT people look down on manufacturing and they are wrong. There is a lot to learn from the Theory of Constraints, the LEAN method and JIT.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Herbie, the boy scout, being the bottleneck.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wooden Nichols
    3/05/15
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    "The Goal - still relevant today"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Garth
    19/06/15
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    "Sneaky good business book"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • sanjay bhatt
    7/05/16
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    "the best book for an engineering company"

    make your company profitable and also enjoy your Family Life after reading this book. enjoy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Walaa
    Bahrain
    2/05/16
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    "well. .best audio story by far"

    subject is well known as u know what is different is perfect presentation for it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. Allison
    Anaheim, CA USA
    15/04/16
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    "Couldn't handle the narration"

    I just finished listening to The Phoenix Project and decided to catch up on related works.

    About 1 chapter in to The Goal, I had to stop. I just couldn't handle the narration.

    I haven't listened to a lot of audio books so I can't say that it's bad; it's just not for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ahmad alqurashie
    12/01/15
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    "I wish all audiobooks were as good as The Goal"

    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!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    21/10/14
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    "Learning Through Storytelling"
    What made the experience of listening to The Goal the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jonah, because, DUH!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nope. Are any?


    Any additional comments?

    Good for people in charge of or have influence on processes of any kind (i.e., anyone).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Grapeland, TX, United States
    26/11/16
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    "A refreshing twist on valuable business lessons"
    Any additional comments?

    This was very refreshing! The story was interesting and engaging, and the characters were deep and easy to relate to. I loved that I was able to learn so many business lessons while reading such an interesting novel. Overall, I would say that this novel format made the lessons stick with me in a way that a normal textbook could not accomplish.

    The added history at the end was a nice addition, intriguing to say the least.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    15/11/16
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    "Double boom fantastic"

    If you're trying to learn lean six sigma this is an excellent resource. Well worth the download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • TAMBE
    Sweden
    24/11/15
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    "Gripping fantastic book masterfully narrated."

    Great novel from am outstanding mentor. I didn't even realise I was giving it a third listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifers Daddy
    London
    8/08/16
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    "Old but still relevant"
    Would you listen to The Goal again? Why?

    No. I got the gist and have other books to listen to. An abridged version of a couple of hours would be handy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a software developer I can add new features to our product day in day out, but if other teams delay something such as rollout then my work is futile. This is what The Goal is about. Basically streamlining the whole process and getting everyone to pull together as a team. Identifying bottlenecks and removing them. Ultimately I need my software to go out the door to make money, if another team is holding that up then we need to find out why pronto.


    What about uncredited’s performance did you like?

    All performances were good, although the main geezer was a bit dumb dealing with his wife sometime.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Smash your product out the door quicker with The Goal


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Krishna
    29/05/15
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    "superior expirience"

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    0 of 28 people found this review helpful

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