Browsing around, I come across KT Cat whining about Lean Six-Sigma, which leads me to the Theory of Constraints, and thence to a fictional-but-with-a-message novel called “The Goal”, written by a business consultant named Eliyahu Goldratt. I envisioned this as a sort of latter-day Ayn-Rand-inspired “novel with a message”, with equally dreary and stunted results. Imagine my surprise when I went to Amazon.com and found that this book had 275 reviews and a 4.5+ average review.
What the hell — I like investigating potentially awesome ideas, especially as a way to procrastinate and not do what I really should be working on.
First question: Is this an example of another bunch of brainwashed cultists grasping at legitimacy via the published word?
Second attempt: ye are known by the company you keep. There are lots of blogs talking about TOC, derivative books (even one dealing with software engineering!), but nobody whom I, a casual management-press reader, would immediately recognize. Results: inconclusive. However, I don’t get the whiff of pee-stained messianism I usually associate with whackjob theories. Not at all, in fact, which is a good sign.
I guess I’ll just have to buy the book and report back.
In the interim, my personal management mega-theory: The Theory of Bullshit. This theory states:
90% of the stuff that prevents your organization from achieving wild success is due to personal, individual bullshit that everybody believes is real, but which is not. Eliminate the bullshit by clear thinking and eliminate those things that prevent your success.
What do you think?