Force Generates Resistance – Excellent News!

Everyone’s heard of resistance training right? You get on a machine in the gym, load it with with weights and will your muscles to move the stack.

The resistance of the load is what make your muscles scream in objection, break down and ultimately repair and become stronger.

Resistance to you and your ideas also develops your leadership muscle and diplomacy qualities.

You really, really want people around you who resist you and your ideas – and force you to grow. The alternative? Folks who just roll over and never challenge you. Worse still, your team nod their heads in agreement… and then bugger off and do their own thing regardless.

Hmmm, hang on a minute. So your team never or rarely push back and resist you? That’s because:

  • They believe its not worth the effort. (To convince you and you then do your own thing regardless of the effort and courage it took them to speak up)
  • They are too scared to ‘rock the boat’. (Once your team stop bringing you problems and issues you’ve lost leadership)
  • They are pushing (for now) just you can’t hear it because of your busyness or attachment to your way.
  • You are not pushing hard enough and no one is feeling the need to resist.

Force is good. Force as a force for good not as a force for ego. Make it your business to know the difference.


Paul Fox

Paul Fox has been active as a Construction Industry Performance Coach for the last 20 years and remains at the forefront of Collaborative Working and High Performance Team Behaviours. He disrupts the status quo of individuals, project and senior teams who want exponentially more output with much less struggle.


  1. Jerry Hayes Says: November 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I don’t always read these. But i like this one.