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Sunday, October 31, 2021


Most of us who work in organizations have felt the futility of trying to (or being subject to) the dynamic of "pushing the rope." 

Rope pushing is the metaphorical representation for forcing that which passively resists the effort. 

Why does that resistance exist?

  • The effort/initiative/campaign requires uncomfortable CHANGE from the current norm.
  • Disparate voices do not feel included, heard, or valued.
  • The WHY has not been clearly articulated, the case not made.
Far better for those of us in leadership roles to PULL instead of PUSH the rope. That requires having the conversations, making a clear and compelling case, including and hearing all the voices that will be impacted, and garnering the necessary buy-in BEFORE we pick the rope up.

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