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We interviewed #scalingup star @clarashih for our MOOC: @HearsaySocial CEO + on @Starbucks board t.co/QOwFUTAEqB

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... Nearly complete.. Just missing the New Second D4 body and 2new leses... #work #scalingup #nikonguyt.co/UQPcXYYTbx

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Thank you @CalgaryReStore @BridgespanGroup @dreamridertheat @commongood4all Cant wait to learn from your experiences & ideas on #scalingup

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Pulse news was founded by #scalingup stars Akshay Kothari and Ankit Guptain a @stanforddschool class. t.co/Ywpawbeguh

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Our #scalingup class features the Pulse News founders: wrote an app, grew a company, & sold it for 90 mil. t.co/jjdszoR8wG

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Our #scalingup class features the Pulse News founders: wrote an app, grew a company, & sold it for 90 mil. t.co/jjdszoR8wG

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Selina Tobaccowala @SurveyMonkey prez (and she wrote Evite) is a star in our free online #scalingup class t.co/Ywpawbeguh

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Selina Tobaccowala @SurveyMonkey prez (and she wrote Evite) is a star in our free online #scalingup class t.co/Ywpawbeguh

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Selina Tobaccowala @SurveyMonkey prez (and she wrote Evite) is a star in our free online #scalingup class t.co/Ywpawbeguh

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5 roadblocks to growing your business #scalingup @thegrowthguy t.co/mQ90EGFloB

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@Coconutsurfing talking to ecosystem & #socent attendees about how @MakeSenseTwitts is working on #scalingUp t.co/qXzEupqlue

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An exceptional online class, Scale Up Your Venture, with @huggyrao and @work_matters at Stanford's GSB online! t.co/N88IDT3krU

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Robert Sutton’s Guide to Excellence via @stratandbiz #strategy #leadership t.co/eh53aoWNfL

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"Don't be afraid to step away from your plan if its assumptions start to falter." —Randy Komisar #kp12to200 t.co/P02xhhnlqs

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Thanks for the great story on Scaling Up Excellence. If you want to learn more about scaling, check out the free... t.co/lBReDAEnpQ

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How to Ruin Your Company with One Bad Process t.co/a75cKDumwG

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It is easy to screw up when scaling - it is the speed of the disaster that surprises decisionmakers

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bystander apathy is an enemy of scaling innovation

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We interviewed #scalingup star @clarashih for our MOOC: @HearsaySocial CEO + on @Starbucks board t.co/QOwFUTAEqB

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Hey entrepreneurs! Check out this free online course from @StanfordBiz taught by Bob Sutton @work_matters t.co/oP8k0q4MxN

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@work_matters @ideo Here are Bob Sutton & David Kelley in action #MIXMashup vid t.co/AGlQA5tPws & blog t.co/mxERG5C7AA

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Hemingway, born on this day in 1899, shoots his cat – moving short read t.co/P2lqkN9V5V t.co/itf6WFvAZr

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Research on how politics makes us stupid. Scary stuff. t.co/HzZVwbzHQO

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Scaling up, as Carlos Ghosn put it, is about knowing when to accelerate, change gears, and brake.

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bystander apathy is an enemy of scaling innovation

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It is easy to screw up when scaling - it is the speed of the disaster that surprises decisionmakers

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is #scaling up a question of stretching skills or fitting in with existing skills?

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too big and therefore, more likely to fail the healthcare consumer? see t.co/teUiyik6dE

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have been away for elder care reasons, but hope to resume tomorrow

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came across a striking title - Chief Belief Officer at an Indian business group

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a great example of fixing broken windows told to me by a turnaround expert: increase the speed of internet connections!

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Conformity to the opinions of others does not last more than 3 days. See this cool study t.co/oRwlJKTEi6

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@huggyrao Congrats on #ScalingUp. FYI Updated #NeverEatAlone is out today and would love a retweet. t.co/nxUc4FgKg7

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A CTO told me about how his firm gives visiting/'calling cards to workers at their plant to foster accountability and pride!

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Is #scaling up a question of fit or stretch?

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when you scale up, don't get fixated on the stars, remember your sherpas too!

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Charles Dickes conjured the Circumlocution Office in government to describe 'can't do cultures". See t.co/dDHemoeyyN

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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.