Dr. Goldratt is known worldwide as the father of the Theory of Constraints (TOC), a philosophy he first introduced in his bestselling book, The Goal, in 1984, and expanded upon in subsequent titles. He died in 2011. Ashlag worked closely with Goldratt, who was also his father-in-law.
Why a book about management philosophy?
In business, as in sports, the focus is on winning. But great teams and great companies are about more than delivering immediate results; they develop their unique core philosophy that makes them great over time. When the emphasis is only on winning by delivering numbers, companies are likely to compromise on the development of their core philosophy and its application.
Ashlag’s TOC Thinking reveals the Theory of Constraints as a practical management philosophy through fifteen areas including how to deal with uncertainty, complexity and conflicts, growth strategy, and also addresses the flow of executing this philosophy throughout the different elements of operation. The first half of the book highlights major management errors that can be made along with the implications of these errors. The second half of the book focuses on the building blocks of Goldratt’s approach for sustainable growth and success.
“As much as my father-in-law was proud that so many people read his books, and saw the beauty and practicality of his solutions, he was rather frustrated that few realized the principles behind them,” says Ashlag. “He knew these principles could facilitate the development of further solutions and create a healthy organizational culture capable of improving and excelling when faced with new challenges. I wrote the book in his memory, hoping to make his vision more viable.”
Yishai Ashlag holds a PhD in economics from Bar-Illan University in Israel. Upon graduation he spent a year as a post doctorate visitor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. For the last 20 years, he has worked as an adviser, consulting government agencies, policy makers, investors, and businesses in various sectors such as automotive, consumer goods, agribusiness, healthcare, finance and retail. Ashlag, worked closely with the late Dr. Eli Goldratt, the developer of the theory of constraints, and is also his son-in-law. Currently he is senior partner at Goldratt Consulting, where he acts as the head of knowledge development and implementations.