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The Right Choice

Using theory of constraints for effective leadership

Published: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 12:18

(Productivity Press: Boca Raton, FL) -- The need for competent leadership remains one of the most pressing issues facing organizations. Introducing a powerful technique to help readers become better decision makers, The Right Choice: Using Theory of Constraints for Effective Leadership, by Ted Hutchin (Productivity Press, 2012), supplies the understanding required to manage effectively well into the future by using the coaching cycle and reflection process.

Using case studies, the book explains how to create a leadership culture at the organizational, team, and individual levels by developing the “flight crew,” as well as how to link that to effective strategies and tactics in leading the organization forward. The case studies illustrate what leaders have actually done, what they’ve struggled with, and the importance of understanding causal relationships.

Emphasizing the importance of consequences when making choices, the book reflects the author’s vast experience with companies across a range of industries. It explains how to resolve conflicts and restore relationships through time-tested tools—in particular, the cloud technique from the theory of constraints thinking processes.

Through the use of the coaching cycle and the coaching quadrant, the book provides a solid platform for any leader wishing to take his organization forward. The tools and methods described in this book will help you become a leader who engages with the people in your organization and allows them to choose to engage rather than be forced.


Setting the Scene
Some Thoughts on Leadership
Gaining Consensus on the Problem
Case Studies to Help Us
Focusing on “Knowing Myself” as a Core Aspect of Leadership
Making It Happen—or Not
Drawing It All Together

View abstracts of all chapters here.

About Ted Hutchin

Ted Hutchin, Ph.D., is the managing director of I&J Munn and principal of the TOC-Lean Institute. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, and an industrial fellow in the University of Nottingham Business School. In his work with theory of constraints, Hutchin has led the teaching, implementation, and ongoing coaching support across the full range of theory of constraints applications throughout the manufacturing industry and also in the service and voluntary sectors with organizations as diverse as hospitals and the Anglican Church. He has lectured at the University of Nottingham and Cranfield University on supply chain management. As can be seen from his research and writing during the past 25 years, the dominant theme has been the management of change and the problems and issues change creates for people. He has a proven ability to guide people in creating breakthrough solutions for the organization, the team, and a person’s own life.


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For more than 25 years, Productivity Press has developed the largest catalog available anywhere of publications and learning tools about lean methodology, continuous improvement, and operational excellence. It is currently the premier source of authoritative information on organizational transformation. Productivity Press is an imprint of CRC Press, a premier global publisher of science, technology, and medical resources. Its aim is to broaden thinking and advance understanding in the sciences, providing researchers, academics, professionals, and students with the tools they need to share ideas and realize their potential. CRC Press is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.