chapter  6
6 Pages

Charting a prosperous path forward

ByTim Lindsey

Forward-thinking leaders approach constraint headwinds proactively and recognize them as opportunities for increasing effectiveness. Instead of focusing on the external factors that contribute to constraints, they focus internally on their own practices, processes, products, and systems to develop measures that can address the root causes. The growth of constraint headwinds is the result of converging trends that continue to grow in both magnitude and intensity. Changes happened so rapidly during early industrialization that society simply did not anticipate the volume, magnitude, and complexity of resulting side-effects and impacts. The trends that create constraint headwinds have been around for many years and they continue to grow with considerable momentum. Organizations can sometimes utilize wasteful or unsafe practices to produce short-term financial gains, but these benefits cannot be sustained in the long term. Before an organization can develop a sound strategy for improving sustainability performance, it needs to identify how its existing systems contribute to constraint headwinds at a root cause level.