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TOC Slide Presentations

demoThese presentations showcase illustrations of the TOC approach in educational settings. Included are an introduction to TOC by Kathy Suerken, President of TOC for Education (TOCFE), and additional presentations at various international TOC events. View, select and download TOC presentations and TOC Mentors workshop now...

Current Events:

2013 TOCICO International Conference

Holistic Use of TOC in a University PDF

Watch Dr. Umesh Nagarkatte Webinar On TOC for Education Virtual Conference 2012


TOC in the News:

2014 International Achievement Award winners!

demoThe TOCICO is pleased to announce that in recognition for sustained excellence and demonstrated results utilizing TOC in addition to significant contributions to the TOC Community Learn more...


Eli Schragenheim recieves Lifetime Achievement Award!

demoCongratulations to Eli Schragenheim for receiving the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2014 TOCICO International conference! Learn more...


Dr. James Holt receives Lifetime Achievement Award!

demoDr. James Holt, professor at Washington State University, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 TOCICO International Conference in Bad Nauheim, Germany. Learn more...


Think Systematically to Overcome Obstacles

Thinking is fundamental to being human. Thinking can be liberating. Thinking can be confining. When thinking is confining, it creates many obstacles that makes it difficult for people to attain significant goals. Theory of Constraints (TOC) helps people think systematically to overcome obstacles and create no new ones. A constraint is the most important obstacle that stands in the way of achieving a goal. 

This website is designed to:

  • help high school and college level students achieve their academic and college goals. Click here to see students who use TOC...

  • help students to set up priorities and execute them all in a timely fashion. It also enables students to learn how to take a course as a project and finish it on time. Click here to see example.

  • help an institution or an individual overcome a constraint in order to achieve a goal. Click here to read on how a departmental issue was addressed. A professor of Psychology resolved a crisis in her lab.

  • teach, implement, and discuss examples of methods for conflict resolution and decision making with problem solving using TOC. It may be a course content issue, a personal issue, an interpersonal issue, a departmental issue, or an institutional issue. By using TOC we are able to find a win-win solution so as to have no compromise or losses for any party.

  • serve college communities - not only students, but also parents, mentors, educators, counselors, administrators, and anyone interested in the Process of Ongoing Improvement (POOGI). They all form components of the students success system.

  • teach the Thinking Processes of TOC rigorously. Click here to read the PDF for a preprint of "Theory of Constraints and Thinking Processes in Academia (student/community version)"

    "Theory of Constraints and Thinking Processes in Academia (faculty version)"
  • develop or encourage open communication between practitioners of TOC around the world.

In order to move toward improvement of any situation TOC asks three basic questions:

TOC is based on logic.  Every logical process is based on assumptions.
The assumptions on which TOC is based are as follows:

  • People are good.
  • Every conflict can be removed.
  • Every situation, no matter how complex it initially looks, is exceedingly simple.
  • Every situation can be substantially improved; even the sky is not the limit.
  • Every person can reach a full life.
  • There is always a win-win solution

-Eliyahu Goldratt, 1947-2011, founder of TOC

These assumptions have been verified by the experience of people who have successfully resolved thousands of problems around the world in all kinds of situations.