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Key Idea: Perfect Processes Incrementally

Innovation rarely happens with an explosion of an idea.  Typically it comes out of many tiny steps.

Key Question:


Dr. Eli Goldratt wrote a book in 1984 called, The Goal. This work laid out his ideas that are now well-known as TOC, the Theory of Constraints. Dr. Goldratt says to make improvements we have to know:

What to change -- what is the leverage point.

What to change to -- what are the simple, practical solutions.

How to cause the change -- overcoming the inherent resistance to change.

Q:  Why is incremental change the typical approach for entrepreneurs?

A:  It is what we can afford financially and what we can achieve realistically. Steve Hoffman, founder of Modern Postcard, says that he constantly thinks about constraint theory. He is a process and systems guy and has been since he made his first sale to a real estate agent.

If Steve had decided to try to hold still and hold on to the past, he would probably still be running a $2 million dollar operation serving real estate agents. We know he would not have 250 employees making 100 million post cards a year for as many as 150,000 customers!

Think about it

What is your weakest link? What can you do the strengthen it? Where does the flow in your processes seem to divert or slow?

Clip from: Innovation and Invention with Michael Novak

Washington, DC and around the world:  What drives people to challenge the status quo? go out into the unknown? try to create things that have never been seen before? Why do these people work so hard and stretch so far? Everybody talks about them, saying things like, "Crazy!" "They'll kill themselves."  "They're in a world of their own."  Yet, these daring people, driven by principles and dreams, are changing our world for the better.

We turned to scholar, Michael Novak, of the American Enterprise Institute for insights.  Novak would like to see this innovative spirit take root throughout the world. And, it is.

Sakata Farms

Bob Sakata, founder, owner

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PO Box 508
Brighton, Colorado 80601, CO 80601

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Year Founded: 1948

Perfect Processes Incrementally

HATTIE: Bob Sakata not only works on his product, he like most of us, works hard on processes with incremental innovation we discover faster, better ways to get things done. At the state of the art plant of Coating Sciences, Inc., they make specialty products that are sticky on both sides. Cross Timbers oil geologists use technology to pinpoint reserves others leave behind. Investing in a million dollar freezer opened the Japanese market to Petrofsky's bagels.

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