“Am I on my own?” by Martin Powell


In Eli Goldratt’s last ever public seminar, he asked the audience (as he often did) “Who has read my book – The Goal?”  He then says “About 80%. So now a different question. How many of you had the courage to implement it? Ah, about 15%. So let me pick a person at random. Have we ever met or spoken before?” The man in the audience says “No”.

Eli continues “Did you get results?” The man answers that he did; he applied the ideas into a financial services business, dramatically reducing lead times and improving performance. He also states that he got a pay rise and a new corner office!

Eli makes the point that this is typical – anyone who really tried got results. He also makes the point that it takes courage. Courage is definitely a necessity but is it sufficient?

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