The Path of Least Resistance for Managers

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How to design your organization for success . . Science tells us that energy travels where it is easiest to go. Drawing on this concept, Robert Fritz adds a missing piece to management literature: the structural causes of success and failure, and explains how to redesign the organization or team for success. The Path of Least Resistance for Managers teaches readers to take structural laws into account when they restructure their own organizations so the changes they attempt to make do succeed, and they can achieve their highest goals.


Fritz examines four crucial elements that contribute to an organization's success:

  • How to move the organization from wasteful oscillating patterns to successful advancement;
  • How a management strategy can best support the business strategy;
  • How to compose the organization so that all the parts support each other;
  • How people can align to the spiritual purpose of the organization.
This revolutionary guide prescribes a direct approach that managers can use immediately to develop the paths of least resistance that will lead to success for their organizations.

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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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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

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