Eli Goldratt died yesterday June 11th 2011 at the age of sixty-four at his home in Israel.
“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?” (Eli Goldratt)
This text and video below have been released by the Goldratt Group in his memory
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.
Eli Goldratt has been influential in our family since the 1980s. We have his books at home which are very well thumbed. I have heard him speak at a seminar in the UK, once, many years ago. He was a powerful force. Not someone you could easily forget. And then a few years later I attended a course on the Theory of Constraints, when I was looking for new ways of thinking about management in school education. It opened my eyes to new ways of thinking.
It’s good to know that Goldratt’s work will continue. Tomorrow sees the start of the annual Theory of Constraints conference http://www.tocico.or/?page=intl_conference_2011 in New York.