It’s our 8th birthday in North America, and we’re celebrating! Eight years ago we brought the Decalogue Management Methodology from its European base across to North America, and we’re marking the occasion with a new business novel, ‘The Human Constraint’, now on sale at www.thehumanconstraint.ca
Times Worth Telling
The recent years, following the worst financial crisis in living memory, provide the backdrop to the story of this new business novel by Angela Montgomery, PhD. It’s important to remember how deeply the world was rocked, and how much ‘old economy’ thinking contributed to the disaster. The story keeps pace with the years of the crisis through a series of headlines as the narrative unfolds.
Beyond the story itself of a business venture and all its human and economic effects as the crisis hits, this book points the way to a new way of thinking. If we want to avoid repeating the mistakes that lead to the crisis in the first place, then we have to learn to think differently, i.e. systemically, to create a future of sustainable prosperity.
Methods and tools
The story illustrates not just the direction we can take, but a method and tools to get there. It is based on almost 20 years of on-the-field research and implementation of the Decalogue Methodology. This is why we have built a whole website with supplementary material for every chapter of the novel. The eBook format of the novel allows the reader to click at the end of every chapter to read more about Deming, the Theory of Constraints (and the Thinking Process Tools), and a systems-based approach to management, all of which are at the heart of the Decalogue Methodology. The Decalogue provides a complete methodology for a systems-based approach to management, leadership and continuous innovation.
Why a business novel?
We have to thank Dr. Eli goldratt for leading the way with his novels illustrating the Theory of Constraints. ‘The Goal’ has been a planetary success, and millions have enjoyed his stories based on his theory. We grow up with stories and we enjoy stories throughout our lives. A narrative can engage us emotionally in a way that a text book never can, and we hope readers will enjoy ‘The Human Constraint’ as well as taking away new ideas, methods and tools for the 21st century.
Let us know what you think
We hope you will enjoy ‘The Human Constraint’, and pass on the word to others you think will find it of interest. It has been a labor of love to produce the book, and all proceeds go towards furthering our research and development of methods and tools for creating sustainable prosperity through a systemic approach. We would love to receive your feedback, so do drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
I can’t count how many business books I’ve started to read and couldn’t finish – my response being along the lines of “this is just too boring” or “I know all this stuff – doesn’t everybody?” Angela Montgomery has solved this problem with a new way of thinking that goes beyond conventional approaches. She captures today’s complex realities of business by creating a new genre – what I would call simply the business novel. Read it and enjoy. I know you will learn a lot, and finish it!
‘The Human Constraint’ explores the single greatest challenge any leader faces in an organization: creating a unified and systemic response to opportunity. Dr. Montgomery’s book, along with its detailed website materials, shines a light that guides us as leaders and managers toward a more sustainable and productive future.
– Lee Herrin, Executive Director, Fernwood NRG
You can download two free chapters and purchase ‘The Human Constraint’ here: