- Series: The Path of Least Resistance for Managers
- Perfect Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: Newfane Press; Second edition (January 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780972553667
- ISBN-13: 978-0972553667
- ASIN: 0972553665
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #725,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The work of Robert Fritz exhibits the hallmark of real genius: to take the most subtle and complex and make it clear, intuitive, and useful. . . . Fritz is without doubt one of the most original thinkers today on the creative process in business, the arts, science, and life in general. His work has deeply impacted my life and the lives of many of my colleagues. --Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline
About the Author
Best selling author and award winning filmmaker Robert Fritz has been developing the field of structural dynamics through his work, first in the area of the creative process, and then in the area of organizational, business, and management issues for over thirty years. He is the founder of Robert Fritz, Inc., and, along with Peter Senge, Charlie Kiefer, and David Peter Stroh, Innovation Associates.
Fritz began to lead courses in the creative process as applied to personal effectiveness in the mid-Seventies. He then trained others to lead his courses, and now over eighty thousand people have participated in these trainings throughout the world. His first major discovery was the macrostructural pattern, which describes the long-range patterns in people s lives. While each individual's pattern was unique, he observed that there were two general types of patterns that people had in their lives: oscillating, and resolving or advancing. In the late Seventies, he began his work on two basic questions: why do these patterns exist and what does it take to change them from oscillating to resolving?
These questions led Fritz to pursue deeper questions about the structural make-up of human motivation, which eventually led him to create the field of Structural Consulting. The Path of Least Resistance was his first major book on the subject, followed by Creating, Corporate Tides, The Path of Least Resistance for Managers, Your Life as Art, Elements: The Writings of Robert Fritz, and The Managerial Moment of Truth® (co-authored by Bruce Bodaken), which was selected as one of the best business books of 2007 by BusinessWeek magazine.
As a consultant, Fritz has helped many organizations put the structural approach into practice, and his clients include Fortune 500 companies, many mid-size companies, as well as governmental and non-profit organizations. Working with other structural consultants, Robert Fritz, Inc. is in the forefront of revolutionary change in how organizations structure themselves to produce sustained high performance. Robert and Rosalind Fritz live in Vermont.
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Roberts revised edition has proven invaluable. We asked all our personnel and suppliers to learn and practice the creative process. Every entity clearly understands what we are creating, what the revelevant current reality is and the structural tension they are responsible for managing. It is pleasure to create when the focus is on the creation rather than the creators. This eliminates so much conflict.There is a dramatic diffence between creating, holding and managing structural tension versus having to micro-manage the talent in the organization and supplier companies. Managing structural tension provided our personnel and supplier companies the freedom to do what they do best.
I cannot do justice to all the answers this book provides. I agree with Peter Senge. Robert has the ability to take very complex organizational and personal situations and explain them in a manner most can understand. He then provides instruction on how to align our collective and personal efforts to create what matters to us. Understanding the spirit and the mechanics of the creative process and practicing the orientations generates an environment that lets people be themselves and enjoy the marvel of the gift of being able to create what matters to them.
I know of nothing that is more rewarding than the process of identifying what matters to me, to my family, to the organization I am part of, etc and then have the comfort of knowing I have the work of genius mind to guide me on the journey of creating the end results I desire. Thanks Robert for this invaluable body of work.
For substance, read Chester Barnard's extremely demanding: The Functions of the Executive.