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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

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

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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Excellent business book

A must read for any production managers or people in manufacturing businesses. Will at least double your profit.

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  • Wooden Nichols
  • 03-05-2015

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.

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  • Dan Collins
  • 23-03-2017

Reinventing Production for Us IT Dummies

I am an IT manager and I am getting into DevOps. This book came up more than once in my research so I gave it a try even though I am not in fabrication and production. At least, that's what I thought until I listened to this book.

What I love about this book is that the fictional narrative allows the protagonist to "blow-up" his manufacturing plant's way of doing business. Of course, he isn't trying to blow it up, he is just trying to make it perform. But Goldratt teaches us that somethings, some processes we entered the profession with, some metrics that have served us well for years - need to be blown-up and more importantly, replaced with something useful. Listen to this book and find out not necessarily what the new metrics should be - but how to discover them for yourself.

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  • Michael J Titera
  • 01-05-2018

Lost interest 3/4 the way in.

Struggled to finish. Pretty dated and over dramatic at times. Some good principals. Could have been shorter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-2017

Great education on metrics to make decisions

This is a great book on how to look at things from a different direction and pay attention to value drivers you may not be watching. I wished I read it twenty years ago.

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  • California Dreaming
  • 04-04-2015

Great lessons packed inside of a well told story

I really enjoyed this book...and I'm not even in the manufacturing industry! I'm working on my own food business right now. I think there's a little something here for everyone who's looking to increase efficiency in a counter intuitive way.

Also, I really enjoyed the way the story was told and I appreciate all of the extra effort that went in this audio production.

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  • Amanda
  • 18-07-2017

This book changed the way I think

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What a book. The idea of textbook flipped on its head and turned into a narrative. The ideas for the manufacturing plant I think are transferable to many other endeavors. When you ask the question - what is my goal here, and then go through the thought process outlined, amazing things happen. A great author, thinker and contributor to many businesses bottom line.

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  • E.
  • 24-07-2017

Outstanding! One of the best I've ever listened to.

It was like watching a screenplay with different characters and plot lines, and the lessons are crystal clear. Recommended to anyone interested in understanding the science of Process in any business.

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  • Juan
  • 17-07-2017

A business classic

A Must book for executives and business people who want to improve their business acumen.

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  • sanjay bhatt
  • 07-05-2016

the best book for an engineering company

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

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  • Walaa
  • 02-05-2016

The Goal is to become goal oriented

2005 was the First time read it. Then u believe that i did not miss any edition since then. I buy it and read it again and give it away to one of my team members highlighting what i learned new from it. Really appreciate the book and the author. Always in my presentations a dedicated slide for E. and his book

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  • TAMBE
  • 24-11-2015

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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  • Mr. Brian Jenkinson
  • 01-08-2018

Manfacturing in all sectors

It doesn't matter your sector, the goal is all about improvement. This book brings to life a manufacturing plant and the analysis and changes to make that can be applied to any business. Want to make your business or the business you work for more successful, then understand your goal.

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  • Geo
  • 05-04-2018

great book. helped me to easily understand theory

really easy to understand. story format made it easier to translate into my daily world.

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  • amar
  • 01-12-2017

excellent book

excellent book with lot of new insights on manufacturing and business . very nicely narrated made is interesting to go through

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  • florin
  • 29-03-2017

recommended

good story..good presentation and good lessons.
i enjoyed listening it. There are basic simple things which in manufacturing environment can slip away. This book is highlighting them well.

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  • Tom Scott
  • 17-02-2017

mesmerizing!

even though it's a business book I was absolutely addicted. all the characters were great and I genuinely cared for their plight. I feel like I've learnt some very practical techniques in a way that means they won't get buried at the bottom of a notebook as so often happens.

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  • Deborah Smitten
  • 22-12-2016

A really informative and eye opening read.

This was an informative introduction to the Theory of constraints. Given in this format it is easy to understand for anyone who has no prior knowledge of engineering or manufacturing and not a bad novel either.

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  • Jennifers Daddy
  • 08-08-2016

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

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Recommended

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  • Krishna
  • 29-05-2015

superior expirience

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