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The Choice by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Efrat Goldratt-Ashlag – 5 Stars

There isn’t an extended title with this book, it’s just

The Choice

written by Eli Goldratt and his daughter.

In my review at Amazon.co.uk, I rated this as a FIVE stars book, which means I think it is excellent.

Here is what I posted.

The most important Goldratt book? A look at the importance of inherent simplicity

I was reading the transcript of an interview with Eli Goldratt, the main author behind the Theory of Constraints and he described this as his most important book.

More important that The Goal?Before I read The Choice, I was sceptical but now I have read it, I can understand why Goldratt said it.

The book explains his way of thinking around a problem without reverting to the TOC thinking processes.

It’s written mainly as a series of discussions between father and daughter, a psychologist in the scratch method of leading questions and answers. It also includes the daughter’s musings as she struggles to understand. This revised version also includes notes on the chapters as well as logic diagrams.

In some ways, this is a very clever way to explain it but it also means you’re forced to go at the daughter’s pace – slow when you may already get it and too quick when you’re not putting 2 and 2 together successfully.

The book is very positive – all problems can be improved but also makes you responsible for solving them. How you do will determine your life.

The new notes and logic charts are very useful. These are written in a much ,ore straightforward manner and help to consolidate the key messages you’ve extracted from the main book.

However, to get the best from this book, I think you need to do two things:

1 – Read it several times so the important issues stay lodged into your brain. You may even need to go to the extreme lengths of noting and then learning them, just as you used to prepare for exams.

2 – Put the thinking into practice as often as you can. This is about developing a new habit where you don’t blame others and you don’t accept easy compromises.

Goldratt is right. The Choice is a must-read book for fans of the Theory of Constraints

It is available to buy from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.


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