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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Julie Rogo Character Analysis

Julie is Alex’s wife. Both in the years preceding and during the story, Julie resents Alex’s over-commitment to his career and feels that he neglects her, representing the negative impact that a corporate career can have on one’s family members. Although Alex believes his work should come before family, Julie expects him to place his duties as a husband and father over his career. After he breaks promise after promise to spend time with her, Julie leaves him, moves in with her parents, and considers divorce. As Alex learns to better manage his life, he starts taking Julie on weekly dates. Julie and Alex talk about their differing expectations of marriage and decide to compromise. They agree that raising their kids and sharing their lives are apt goals for their marriage, and Julie moves back in with the family. In the end of the story, Julie starts reading Socrates and helping Alex find solutions to his workplace challenges.

Julie Rogo Quotes in The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

The The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement quotes below are all either spoken by Julie Rogo or refer to Julie Rogo. 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:
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). 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 1 Quotes

So where was I last night, [Peach] asks, when he tried to call me at home? Under the circumstances, I can’t tell him I have a personal life. I can’t tell him that the first two times the phone rang, I let it ring because I was in the middle of a fight with my wife, which, oddly enough, was about how little attention I’ve been giving her. And the third time, I didn’t answer it because we were making up.

Related Characters: Alex Rogo (speaker), Bill Peach, Julie Rogo
Page Number: 4
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Chapter 11 Quotes

“Everything is for your job,” she says. “It’s all you think about. I can’t even count on you for dinner. And the kids are asking me why you’re like this—”

There is a tear forming in the corner of her eye. I reach to wipe it away, but she brushes my hand aside.

“No!” she says. Just go catch your plane to wherever it is you’re going.”

“Julie—”

She walks past me.

“Julie, this is not fair!” I yell at her.

She turns to me.

“That’s right. You are not being fair. To me or to your children.”

Related Characters: Julie Rogo (speaker), Alex Rogo (speaker), Jonah
Page Number: 81
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Chapter 26 Quotes

“I’m working.” I tell her.

“Can I help?” [Sharon] asks.

“Well…I don’t know,” I say. “It’s kind of technical. I think you’ll probably be bored by it.”

“Oh,” she says. “does that mean you want me to leave?”

Guilt strikes.

“No, not if you want to stay,” I tell her. “Do you want to try to solve a problem?”

“Okay,” she says, brightening.

Related Characters: Alex Rogo (speaker), Sharon Rogo (speaker), Julie Rogo
Page Number: 213
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Chapter 32 Quotes

A chill goes down my back as I remember it. I was in deep trouble. My plant was under a real threat of being closed down; over 600 people were about to join the already long unemployment lines; my career was one inch from being kissed by limbo; and on top of all that, the unbelievable hours I was putting in at work had pushed our marriage to the brink of going down the tube. In short, I was about to change from a bright, rising star to an ordinary bum.

Related Characters: Alex Rogo (speaker), Julie Rogo, Jonah, Eliyahu Goldratt
Page Number: 265
Explanation and Analysis:

“[Jonah’s] solutions look trivial, but the fact is that for years we’ve done the exact opposite. Moreover, the other plants insist on sticking to the old, devastating ways. Probably Mark Twain was right saying that ‘common sense is not common at all’ or something similar.”

Related Characters: Alex Rogo (speaker), Jonah, Julie Rogo, Eliyahu Goldratt
Page Number: 267
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Chapter 38 Quotes

“Things start to be connected to each other. Things that we never thought were related start to be strongly connected to each other. One single common cause is the reason for a very large spectrum of different effects. You know Julie, it’s like order is built out of chaos. What can be more beautiful than that?”

Related Characters: Alex Rogo (speaker), Julie Rogo, Jonah, Hilton Smyth, Eliyahu Goldratt
Page Number: 318
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Julie Rogo Character Timeline in The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

The timeline below shows where the character Julie Rogo appears in The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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At home, Alex’s wife, Julie, is dressed up and has her hair done—she wants to go out with Alex for... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Alex realizes it’s after 10 p.m. and calls Julie, telling her he’ll be home in an hour. Julie is irritated at him for not... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...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 hangs up on him. (full context)
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...right in town. He used to visit her and his brother, Danny, more often, but Julie doesn’t like to, so they stopped. Alex’s mother is surprised to see him and insists... (full context)
Chapter 11
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That evening, Julie is angry at Alex for going on an unannounced trip. Alex tells her it’s completely... (full context)
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...morning, Alex meets Jonah for breakfast in his New York hotel. He already tried calling Julie and the kids, but no one picked up the phone. Over coffee, Alex explains Peach’s... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...He fears he will find the same thing. However, when he arrives and sees that Julie is home, he is angry at her for not picking up the phone. She tells... (full context)
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They argue about how little time Alex spends at home and how neglected Julie feels, since he always puts his career before her. Although Alex claims it’s just because... (full context)
Chapter 13
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On Saturday morning, Alex lies in bed next to Julie, who is still asleep. His son, Dave, is standing in front of him in his... (full context)
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As they walk, Alex thinks about Julie and his conversation with Jonah about statistical fluctuations and dependent events. In Alex’s mind, such... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...the next afternoon, the house is empty. Dave finds a note on the table from Julie, explaining that she can’t always be “last in line” for Alex’s attention; she’s leaving for... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...to ask her to move in with him and take care of the kids while Julie is gone. He leaves to pick her up and let her into his house, and... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...home to find his mother with Sharon and Dave, cooking dinner. Sharon tells Alex that Julie called but wouldn’t tell them where she is. On Tuesday morning, Alex arrives at his... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...next morning, Alex eats breakfast with his mother and the kids. They tell him that Julie called again last night and still wouldn’t say where she was, but they heard violin... (full context)
Chapter 20
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When Alex gets to the office, he calls Julie’s mother, Ada, to ask if Julie is at their house. Ada tells him that she... (full context)
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That evening, Alex drives to Julie’s parents’ house unannounced. He knocks on the door, but Ada refuses to let him see... (full context)
Chapter 21
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At home, Alex wonders what it would be like to date women again if Julie divorces him. He thinks about who he could ask out for a while, but he... (full context)
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...union won’t fight it. On Saturday evening, Alex washes his car, dresses up, and picks Julie up from her parents to take her on a date. (full context)
Chapter 23
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Alex sits in his office and thinks back to his date with Julie on Saturday night. They had fun together, and they’ve been meeting a couple of times... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...tries to catch him, but his weight pulls both of them sprawling into the house. Julie, who’s come home, flicks on the lights, sees them both, and assumes that Alex is... (full context)
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On Monday, Stacey tells Alex that she feels terrible about what happened and will call Julie to explain. She also tells Alex that it seems their bottlenecks are spreading: now that... (full context)
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In the evening, Julie calls Alex to apologize for assuming the worst; she’d come home unannounced to surprise Alex.... (full context)
Chapter 26
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After putting the kids to bed, Alex thinks about Julie and the ongoing challenges at the plant. They will try to regulate the speed of... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Rather than go straight back to the plant, Alex decides to stop at Julie’s parents’ house. Alex and Julie go for a walk in a nearby park. At first,... (full context)
Chapter 29
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In their house in Bearington, Alex lies awake next to Julie, who is sleeping. It’s four a.m., but Alex can’t stop thinking about the plant. Johnny... (full context)
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Alex tells Julie that he can’t sleep, and she intuits that it is because of his work. When... (full context)
Chapter 30
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...must be at corporate headquarters in the morning, he decides to spend the night with Julie at her parent’s house, which is closer than his own house. When he arrives, he... (full context)
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Julie confesses that she’s nervous about moving back home, because she doesn’t want Alex to stop... (full context)
Chapter 32
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Alex and Julie celebrate the promotion over dinner, but Alex can tell that Julie is forcing her enthusiasm.... (full context)
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Julie asks Alex why they didn’t come up with Jonah’s solutions on their own, since they... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Alex and Julie drink tea together in the evening and talk about their days. Alex shares all of... (full context)
Chapter 35
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...trying to make management into a science, just like Jonah is a scientist. At home, Julie tells Alex that she started reading Plato’s Socratic dialogues, since maybe it will help her... (full context)
Chapter 36
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At home with Julie, Alex feels both elated and nervous. He isn’t sure how to increase throughput anymore without... (full context)
Chapter 38
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Alex remembers Julie’s point that Jonah is a scientist and Ralph’s mention of Mendeleev. He wonders again if... (full context)
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That evening, Alex and Julie drink tea together and Julie tells him more about Socrates. Alex tells her about the... (full context)