i blogged a while back about seth godin’s linchpin and several of the ideas that hit home with me. it’s his best work and the book really resonated with me. i’m now reading switch by dan and chip heath and the idea of resistance has come up again, and it’s looked at in the same way. in the same way that godin talks about resistance as a force that disables thrashing or shipping, the heaths see it, too, as an obstacle to overcome but this time in the context of change. clarity dissolves resistance, so simple and so true. this line comes after a piece about scripting moves to stay the course during times of change, but it works in the context of linchpin as well. when the resistance is in the form of someone, often clarity will be able to disarm them. to continue the author mashup even futher, lencioni uses fable to drive home very simple points that often/always end in some sort of success. perhaps what lencioni is doing is offering a bit of clarity to a situation, thus making the solution seem almost intuitive where at one point it was completely hidden. a friend of mine questioned my reading choices a while back, i suppose it would appear that my reading for pleasure could easily be misconstrued as reading for work. i’m not sure if they are right or not. if i were still in the classroom would these books appeal to me? it saddens me to think that i wouldn’t read/enjoy them if i hadn’t left the classroom but that may be the case. i like books that make me think. i’ve had a terrific run of books and authors that seem to connect with me and with each other and speak strongly to the work i do and the work that i might someday want to do.
the heath bros. know resistance as well