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"The future is already here. It's in seedlings which are planted in the present" Peter Druker #quotes #scalingup #growth

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ICYMI: @MarcelloKee has released a video for #DontMissYouMuch from last year's solo album #ScalingUp Watch it! t.co/L4cIEO4SYM

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Keith Millar
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"The future is already here. It's in seedlings which are planted in the present" Peter Druker #quotes #scalingup #growth

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Welcome to Vincent Dagnault, new coach at @GICoaches. His dynamic, results-oriented approach is key to his success.… t.co/GcR3jsR26u

Michael Synk
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See what's in store for the Fall #ScaleUp Summit next month. Check out the schedule of events: #GICoaches #ScalingUp
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LEARNigeria
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This September, @LEARNigeria is #ScalingUp To 6 States-#AkwaIbom #Lagos #Kano #Ebonyi #Taraba #Plateau.

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#DontMissYouMuch #EUROPE #HardRock #KeeMarcello #ScalingUp #Sweden #Видео Kee Marcello выпустил новый клип ... t.co/VuKV4k088f

Rubis QI
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@InSPIREICU @HealthFdn @JaneAnkori @taraquasim always a great read from a team who know how to keep busy with improvement #ScalingUp

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Bob Sutton
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The "Field Guide to Jerks" considers petty tyrants t.co/ifIiPBoCZv. This podcast has more t.co/RtcEdGGEz0 #iTunes

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Penelope Lively: ‘One of the pleasures of old age is the thought that I shall never see Heathrow again’ | @guardian t.co/Hl2VepCwE4

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Bob Sutton
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If you are interested in building civilized workplace and #assholesurvival, read @PorathC's great book t.co/tmEJ2LVMGk

Bob Sutton
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The evidence-based wisdom of @PorathC on incivility shine through in @jenamcgregor's well-crafted piece t.co/dNY6MTw6bl

Eric Ries
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I loved exploring a new medium for sharing my ideas in this 5-part video series. See it for free when you pre-order… t.co/qxdGnhRb28

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An affectionate cease and desist letter from funny lawyers. Really. Radical Candor at its finest t.co/8562kio736

Kara Swisher
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Truth from @Uber CEO @dkhos: “The truth is that there is a high cost to a bad reputation.” Yep. t.co/QIe5S9EMrN via @Recode

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Jena McGregor
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A field guide to jerks at work t.co/tDVzcqtdJY

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Amy Cuddy
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Civility should not be seen as a luxury -- in science or in any other domain where progress is a goal.

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Chatelaine
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#FridayReads: Why are some people such assholes? Stanford prof @work_matters investigates t.co/csojFjkDMV… t.co/0VlJIv0NEW

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Harvard Biz Review
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Followers with negative personality traits are drawn to leaders with the same negative traits
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Rotman School
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Being sure you're right makes you weaker - @foxjust talks w/ @JenniferRiel + @RogerLMartin
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huggyrao
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#MWNow: A key in innovation is to kill ideas, and not spread resources thinly like peanut butter

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#MWNow: Excited to be part of the event today.

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Loved the "Inner Lives of Markets" by Ray Fisman and @Tim_Org - a riveting account of the evolution of markets

huggyrao
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My apologies for the silence. Been engorssed in some fun research. Stay tuned.

huggyrao
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do check out the piece by @work_matters on the evolution of our scaling mooc; t.co/Qlo4wjZLUY

huggyrao
@huggyrao

The challenge of a successful organization: how to organize processes by which the organization can doubt itself.

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About the Book

Scaling Up Excellence shows what it takes to build and uncover pockets of exemplary performance, spread those splendid deeds, and as an organization grows bigger and older-- rather than slipping toward mediocrity or worse-- recharge it with better ways of doing the work at hand. Bestselling author Robert Sutton and his Stanford colleague Huggy Rao devoted seven years to studying how the best leaders and teams spread constructive beliefs, behaviors, and practices from those who have them to those who need them. They show what it takes to spread a mindset, not just a footprint, as a program or organization expands. Their insights are based on diverse case studies, hundreds of interviews with scaling veterans, and rigorous academic studies on organizations including Facebook, Google, Pixar, Joie de Vivre hotels, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Girl Scouts, Rocketship Charter Schools, Salesforce.com, IKEA, IDEO, U.S. Marines combat teams, JetBlue Airlines, General Electric, NASCAR pit crews at Hendricks Motorsports, and recent start-ups such as Pulse News and Bridge International Academies.


Rao and Sutton dissect the most crucial points that decision makers face, especially how to navigate the Buddhism” versus “Catholicism” continuum -- whether to encourage approaches tailored to local needs or to replicate the same practices and customs as an organization or program expands. They reveal how the best leaders and teams develop, spread, and instill the right mindsets in their people -- rather than ruining or watering down the very things that have fueled success in the past. They unpack principles that help to cascade excellence throughout an organization including link “hot causes to cool solutions” and build organizations where people feel as “I own the place and the place owns me,” and show how to eliminate destructive beliefs and behaviors to clear the way for excellence to spread.

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meet the authors

Robert I. Sutton

Robert I. Sutton is professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University, where he is co-founder of the Center for Work Technology and Organizations, Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and Institute of Design (“the d.school”). Sutton was named as one of 10 “B-School All-Stars” by BusinessWeek, which they described as “professors who are influencing contemporary business thinking far beyond academia. His books include The Knowing-Doing Gap (with Jeffrey Pfeffer), Weird Ideas that Work, and two New York Times bestsellers, The No Asshole Rule and Good Boss, Bad Boss. He blogs at Work Matters and you can follow him @work_matters on Twitter.

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Huggy Rao

Huggy Rao is the Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and the Morgan Stanley Director for the Center for Leadership Development and Research at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, where he studies the social and cultural causes of organizational change. Rao’s honors include the W. Richard Scott Distinguished Award for Scholarship from the American Sociological Association and Sidney Levy Teaching Award from the Kellogg School of Management. He is the author of Market Rebels: How Activists Make or Break Radical Innovation,” which Intel’s Andy Grove praised for providing “shrewd analysis” and an “aha moment.” You can follow him @huggyrao on Twitter.

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Sutton and Rao are teaching a course on Scaling Up Excellence to Stanford graduate students and are co-founders of the first d.school executive program “Customer-focused Innovation” (with the Stanford Business School) and the Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate, an online executive program.