It is easier than it looks
How do you usually think when you try to find a solution for a complex situation?
You try to solve all undesirable symptoms at the same time?
According to TOC (Theory of Constraints), if you understand the actual relationships of cause and effect involved, even when the situation looks very complex, you will be able to notice that only few causes are implied.
A system can be a project, a house, a company, an organization or even an individual.
With the proper method, you are able to identify the cause and effect relationships to FOCUS and change only the element that impact the whole
system and then generate a change that leads to a significant improvement.
Changing is not enough, improving is also necessary!
Every conflict can be removed
Removing conflicts is a way to generate the desired change.
If you have a goal in common, all conflicts can be removed!
Harmony exists in every relation among people.
If there is no harmony, it means that a change has to be done. That change has to bring solutions that are good for everyone.
Why is that?
Because an effective solution has to contemplate both sides of the personal conflict or dilemma.
When the solution only solves one side and the other side has to lose something or give up, the problem will still exist.
People are good
Thinking that people are good is an effective way to find the solution to the situation that involves them.
If you understand that the other person is moved by other reasons, you avoid judging him/her.
You are then able to make the person see that the problem is not with him/her, but his/her reasons are wrong.
If you can do it, you can also create the opportunities to generate the right solutions,
for blaming others prevent you from getting what you want.
Never say “I already know it”
You have unlimited potential.
It is always possible to expand your abilities, your mind and your ideas.
So, when you say you already know something, many times you avoid challenging the current reasons and block your vision,
something that prevents you from achieving better solutions.
TOC, or Theory of Constraints, is a body of knowledge, application and a business strategy and management philosophy introduced by Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt, author of “The Goal", a world’s best-selling book on business management with over 15 million copies sold and translated into over 30 languages.
TOC is based on the assumption that every system, no matter how complex it may seem, is governed by a few elements: the System Constraint. When you properly identify and manage the constraints, you produce more effective results and promote the harmony in the whole system. It can be applied to operations, projects, distribution, retail, sales, marketing, people management, strategy, innovation, among others.
TOC can be explained as a process of focusing on changes in order to achieve a goal. It means deciding what to do and what not to do with a methodology that makes intuition become logic and allows you to understand the cause and effect relationships that govern reality.
“Finally, and most importantly, I hope to show that everyone can be an excellent scientist. The secret of being a good scientist, I believe, is not in our intelligence. We have enough of it. We simply need
to look to reality and think logically and precisely on what we see."
The key element is to have courage to face the contradictions between what we see and deduct
and the way things are. This challenge of basic assumptions is crucial for growth transitions.
Progress in understanding requires that we challenge our basic assumptions on what the world is and why
it is that way. If we have a better understanding on our world and on the principles that govern it, I
suspect that our lives will be better!”
Dr. Eli Goldratt