The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

by

Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox

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Alex’s Mother Character Analysis

Alex’s mother lives in Bearington, the town in which Alex grew up and now runs his manufacturing plant. As a widower, Alex’s mother lives alone and rarely sees Alex or his kids, Dave and Sharon. However, when Julie leaves Alex, Alex’s mother moves in to take care of Dave and Sharon, since Alex is rarely home. Alex’s mother encourages Alex to start sharing his life and his concerns more frequently with his children.

Alex’s Mother Quotes in The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

The The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement quotes below are all either spoken by Alex’s Mother or refer to Alex’s Mother. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Importance of Goal-Setting Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the The North River Press edition of The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement published in 1984.
Chapter 19 Quotes

“Alex, tell your children what’s bothering you,” my mother says, “It affects them too.”

I look at the kids and realize my mother’s right.

Related Characters: Alex’s Mother (speaker), Alex Rogo (speaker), Dave Rogo , Sharon Rogo
Page Number: 149
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Alex’s Mother Character Timeline in The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

The timeline below shows where the character Alex’s Mother appears in The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8
Ineffective vs. Effective Business Metrics Theme Icon
The Cost of Corporate Success Theme Icon
...Alex is about to go home when he remembers his old address book at his mother’s house. He calls Julie to tell her he won’t be home until late, and Julie... (full context)
The Cost of Corporate Success Theme Icon
Alex drives to his mother’s house, which is right in town. He used to visit her and his brother, Danny,... (full context)
Chapter 9
The Importance of Goal-Setting Theme Icon
The Cost of Corporate Success Theme Icon
Alex wakes in his mother’s house at 11 a.m. He quickly calls Fran to tell her he’ll be at the... (full context)
Chapter 17
Working with Constraints Theme Icon
After the meeting, Alex calls his mother to ask her to move in with him and take care of the kids while... (full context)
Chapter 18
The Importance of Goal-Setting Theme Icon
Working with Constraints Theme Icon
Efficiency vs. Optimization Theme Icon
That evening, Alex comes home to find his mother with Sharon and Dave, cooking dinner. Sharon tells Alex that Julie called but wouldn’t tell... (full context)
Chapter 19
Working with Constraints Theme Icon
The Cost of Corporate Success Theme Icon
Alex eats dinner with his mother, Dave, and Sharon. Noticing that Alex is distressed, his mother encourages him to share his... (full context)
The Cost of Corporate Success Theme Icon
The next morning, Alex eats breakfast with his mother and the kids. They tell him that Julie called again last night and still wouldn’t... (full context)