Connecting The Goal and How the Mighty Fall

Connecting The Goal and How the Mighty Fall

This Application will be similar to those in Weeks 3, 4, and 5, and will provide the opportunity for you to practice critical thinking in a unique way. In this Application you will focus on Course Objective #6, which states “Correlate the principles of organizational decline as they relate to principles in The Goal.” As a manager, it will be important for you to know how to take different pieces of information and synthesize them together, identifying any key concepts or ideas that would be of use in your particular organization.

To prepare for this Assignment:

Research and select three short passages from the How the Mighty Fall reading assigned for this week related to organizational decline that you found to be compelling.

Analyze how the passages you selected relate to the following Course Objective:

Correlate the principles of organizational decline as they relate to principles in The Goal.

Select three or more passages from The Goal that support your analysis. You may use passages that you discussed in previous Applications, or you may identify additional passages that better fit your analysis.

Identify the relationships that exist between the passages in How the Mighty Fall and the principles in The Goal and outline how the ideas can be applied to an organization to increase performance.

Answer and respond to the following:

  • Provide the passages from both books with documented citations.
  • Write a 3- to 4-paragraph substantive essay addressing how these passages relate to each other and to the indicated course objective.
  • Include a definitive statement as to why you selected these passages and why they are relevant and important for effective management.

All work in APA format with proper citing!


Collins, J. (2009). How the mighty fall: And why some companies never give in. New York, NY: Harper Collins.

Read pp. 64–123.

Collins discusses the final three stages in the process of business downfall. Business leaders’ denial of risk and obliviousness to signs of peril lead to crises that precipitate last-ditch, hasty efforts to solve problems, which ultimately result in surrender to complete business failure.

Goldtratt, E., & Cox, J. (2014). The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement. Great Barrington, MA: North River Press.

Kanter, R. M. (2011). Zoom in, zoom out. Harvard Business Review, 89(3), 112–116.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

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