chapter  4
9 Pages

Proactive approaches emerge

ByTim Lindsey

Organizations frequently assume that constraint headwinds originate mostly from external factors beyond their influence. Given that most organizations contribute to the constraint headwinds they face through their unsustainable practices, processes, products, and systems, it stands to reason that these same organizations can take proactive measures to mitigate the constraints by improving these aspects. By implementing measures that address the sources of deficiency and dysfunction, organizations can greatly reduce their exposure to constraint headwinds. Defects and hazards can occur throughout an organization's value chain that can lead to accidents, injuries, inefficiency, wastes, costs, emissions, pollution, and resource depletion. Many organizations have successfully implemented prevention strategies in ways that improve their efficiency, their effectiveness, and their bottom line. These strategies regularly lead to substantial improvements in the safety, quality, productivity, and efficiency performance of processes and products by preventing a variety of accidents, illnesses, wastes, costs, emissions, and other problems.