Did You Set Out to be a Legacy?

Was your goal in entering the business world to leave a lasting impression on the world you entered and the world’s to follow you? I would suspect that most of us dream of that state but do not realistically expect to reach it.

Yesterday while looking at my daily assortment of e-mails I found the following e-mail in my inbox:

Sixty-four years ago a giant was born.

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

I expect that Dr. Goldratt did not envision that by writing a thin business novel which is used by a large majority of the MBA programs in the country that we would reach that legacy level. Having read all five titles within the Goal series he convinced us that there was a new way to envision the problems that arise out of the way we conduct business in today’s global workplace.

We facilitate a two day seminar for HR professionals and Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints is the kick off to the study of the material presented. So while we may all strive to be a legacy take stock of someone who had an idea, conceptualized the idea for the masses and in return left a legacy for the ages following him.

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