Theory of Constraints is a methodology to logically identify and overcome key limitations that prevent a person, organisation or system from achieving its goal.


Leadership in schools comes from many sources. None as important as School administration teamthe principal and administration team responsible for the smooth and effective running of the many departments and the school as a whole.

Many leaders would agree that one of the biggest problems they face on a day-to-day basis is leading their team more effectively.

We often observe behaviours between individuals and departments that lead to distrust, underperformance and disappointment. This can happen despite all the well-intentioned initiatives to build strong and effective leadership and teams. We hear claims that this is the fault of the 'culture'. However, ascribing problems to 'culture' hides the true problem that must be addressed: The poor alignment of purpose within the team and the factors that limit team performance.

The Solution:

The Theory of Constraints thinking tools teach breakthrough methods to increase the speed and quality of your own personal effectiveness, and the productivity of any team you lead or work with. They help rapidly achieve alignment of purpose within the team and remove factors that limit team performance. 

How does it work?

The unique TOC thinking processes focus on what limits team productivity and provide logical tools to gain alignment of purpose, motivating people to design, operate, measure and control effective work processes and solutions.

How do I, and my team, get to learn and apply these tools?

TOC for Education - Australia Inc. provide a series of workshops on the following tools: 

The Conflict Cloud

The Logical Branch

The Ambitious Target Tree

These tools are generic and can be applied to any setting including leadership and team productivity.

Through each workshop session you will become proficient in conflict resolution, dealing with the negative consequences of ideas and behaviours, and in achieving ambitious targets. These are the same tools taught to children, parents, counsellors, educators and business people. We can offer school administrators two additional TOC logical thinking tools for effective delegation, formulating implementation plans and sustaining motivated teams if requested.

Work on your own specific cases

Throughout the sessions participants will be able to work on their own specific cases to rapidly internalise the know-how of the specific tool and become ready for immediate application when they return to their organisation.

Case Study Example:

Recent academic research shows that the TOC thinking tools are being very quickly adopted for the purposes of planning and operating, running of schools' activities, resource management and development once they have been taught to educators and principals.