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Well good top know that the authors agreed with some of these points, as they weren't arguing that leaders should TRY to make things harder on themselves, but rather, to do large scale change right, there argument was that a lot of very hard things need to get done.

Pepe Fanjul

Really nice one..worth to read..The challenges of doing successful change look a lot different when you assume that "taking the path of least resistance" is best versus assuming that "taking the path of most resistance" is best.

Hayley Mills

“We should never use our influence to encourage people to become like us,to do like we do, but to help them visualize for themselves the person that they can become”.
Harley Lovegrove

Jon Anastasio

I think the path of least resistance gets the task accomplished, but the harder path builds capacity along the way. As in most polarities, both are important and require each other for ultimate success. If something is easy for us, it may represent expertise we need to help us with the hard part. Focusing only on the most resistance will burn us out,just as in building a muscle too much exertion without rest will result in injury.

William Seidman

This is a very interesting post. I too really like the title of the article.

We work extensively we performance improvement initiatives in the privagte sectors. Following all of the neuroscience research on positive imagery strong impact on performance, we always position our work as achieving "greatness" in a function.

What is interesting is that people are consistently unwilling to give time to practicing for becoming great (i.e. the path of most resistance). We ask them a series of questions, with a telling result:

1. Would you expect a world class athlete to work hard to be great? Of course, the answer is "yes."
2 What about a world class musician? Again the answer is yes.
3. What about a world class manager,teacher, marketer, -- whatever the function that is the focus of the improvement? Here people know they should say yes, but just can't bring themselves to say it.

Ultimately what emerges is that people want a Twitter version of greatness...the easy path, when the reality is that greatness only comes by commitment to work really hard at something -- the path of most resistance.

Kevin Rutkowski

I've been reading "The Story Factor" by Annette Simmons. (From Jack Covert's 100 Best Business Books of All Time.)

She talks a lot about the importance of patience, a long term perspective, and taking the time to involve major constituencies that you mention in your post if you want to achieve true change.

In my experience, I've found that when change is imposed on a large group people without taking the time to get their input and lay the groundwork, the change generally doesn't stick.

Joe Marchese

I had a client (Fortune 10 company) that set a target of 16 months to accomplish something most companies took 18. They made it. When I asked the exec sponsor if he was pleased, he shared that everyone sat around for a year then put it in gear for 4 months. [The student syndrome: ask for more time to complete an assignment, but fail to start immediately because the extension means there's enough time.] While I agree that enabling success via small steps is important, bold goals generate focus, energy, and commitment to create what's often thought to be impossible.

Bruce Lynn

"I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
- Robert Frost

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