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Above and Beyond the Competition; a Conversation with Dr. Eli Goldratt

Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt spent his entire adult life fighting to show that it is possible to make this world a better place. We must have the honesty to see reality as it is, we must have the courage to challenge assumptions, and above all, we must use the gift of thinking. Having applied these principles to various management fields, he created the Theory of Constraints. His concepts and teachings have expanded beyond management and are being used in healthcare, education, counseling, government, agriculture and personal growth - to name a few fields using TOC. His legacy is invaluable. 

On June 11th, 2011 at noon, Eli Goldratt passed away at his home in Israel in company of his family and close friends. 

The strength and passion of Eli allowed him to spend his last days sharing and delivering his latest insights and breakthroughs to a group of people who have committed to transfer this knowledge to the TOC Community during the upcoming Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization Conference in New York. 

It was Eli's last wish to take TOC to the next level - truly standing on the shoulders of the Giant he is. 

"I smile and start to count on my fingers: One, people are good. Two, every conflict can be removed. Three, every situation, no matter how complex it initially looks, is exceedingly simple. Four, every situation can be substantially improved; even the sky is not the limit. Five, every person can reach a full life. Six, there is always a win-win solution. Shall I continue to count?" 

Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt
1947- 2011




Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt and
Drew Greenblatt, President of Marlin Steel

Eli Goldratt speaks to Regional Manufacturing Institute 4/14/11

 Drew Greenblatt as Chairman of RMI introduces Eli Goldratt, author of The Goal. Eli Goldratt discusses Lean Manufacturing and improving dialogue between employee




Some of the wisdom Eli Goldratt imparted to the assembled crowd:

  • People don't resist change on instinct - they judge the change first and then resist.
  • Create Blue Oceans by not working toward a completion date but working toward creating max ROI.
  • Current culture: suppliers/vendors sell, complete project, but are not focused on invested in ROI.
  • Excess capacity must be used to grow. Never to lay-off people. Loyalty is a two-way street.
  • Identify the core conflict that is the root of every other problem. That takes courage.
  • The important metric in project management is not time and deadline, but how much mutual trust between managers and producers.
  • Success of a company is determined by the harmony of human relationships within it.
  • If people are not predictable, there is no basis for society.