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September 3, 2011 / compassioninpolitics

Life in Transition, Theory of Constraints, & Social Entrepreneurship

Theory of Constraints Applied to People, Social Change, & NGOS: Impact & Productivity Applied to .Orgs

The time when life is perhaps most interesting is in transition, however its also when it can be the most difficult. When people transition from one area of life to another (during crisis or post crisis) as well as in life-periods (ie from work to retirement or even in a new job) creates transitions–creates limbos in which success (or even normalcy, codes, and patterns) in one area won’t (necessarily) get you to the next area. These are the gateways and passageways which are the difference between success and failure….between challenging times…..and deathly hard times. Put simply….they make and break lives.

As such identifying them is critical to the productivity of organizations and to building sustainable communities. One way to do this is to look at the choke points via the theory of constraints model developed by Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt and outlined in The Critical Chain, The Goal, and his other works (for instance, currently in education various people have identified times between grade 4 and grade 7 which are critical periods of development/and or life transition which kids are having trouble in academically–which seem to determine the academic trajectory of their lives. Note: these numbers are inexact….please consult the education literature for the most accurate assessment of these periods of time).

Unfortunately, this creates gaps and voids on our individual archs of growth. This is where NGOs and even for profit organizations are most helpful. This is where the loving, caring hand of another can be critical when souls and lives hang in the balance. Increasingly leading organizations are using coaching/mentorship and similar models as mechanisms to help people through these tough times.

Hopefully, this next generation will wake up to the need to address people in these vital times so that our purpose, passion, and missions in live don’t fall victims to the ups and downs and normal transitions of life on planet earth.

See also Theory of Constraints

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