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Jennifer Line
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Hoping to successfully promote the potential of #CommunityLedHousing to MPs and explore how #ScalingUp might be supported

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Projections indicate that urbanization in global South have expanded by 60% of current population by 2050 #ScalingUp! t.co/2VnVidPfoY

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Pol Tarrida Aribau
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75% of Kenyans have no access to electricity but the geothermal plant #Olkaria is changing this: t.co/feVGGEFNzy #ScalingUp via @UNEP

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Pol Tarrida Aribau
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75% of Kenyans have no access to electricity but the geothermal plant #Olkaria is changing this: t.co/feVGGEFNzy #ScalingUp via @UNEP

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Harshith Mallya
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#ScalingUp your business on the #cloud is not easy. Here is how this local #SearchEngine did it t.co/VGMh6Jk1ak via @YourStoryCo

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#Scalingup is also easier using #sharedmeasurement and requires fewer resources because everything is already set up #cesbcy14

Keith Upkes
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15 Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2015 #scalingup

Bob Sutton
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Stop Trying to Save the World. Why #scalingup needs to move slower and adapted to local needs t.co/VEd0MLLm3g via @tnr

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1/2 million could be lifted out of poverty & 30,000 new jobs created in #Senegal w switch to #GreenEconomy t.co/xc66da18UO #ScalingUp

Design Public
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Madeleine Gabriel was at Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation today, talking about #scalingup for #social... t.co/VJz3ESF4Un

akshay deodhar
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.@Mad_Gabes was at @AdiantaDOTorg today, talking about #scalingup for #social #innovators t.co/Ey0GuSlDwB @nesta_uk

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.@Mad_Gabes was at @AdiantaDOTorg today, talking about #scalingup for #social #innovators t.co/Ey0GuSlDwB @nesta_uk

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akshay deodhar
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.@Mad_Gabes was at @AdiantaDOTorg today, talking about #scalingup for #social #innovators t.co/Ey0GuSlDwB @nesta_uk

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akshay deodhar
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.@Mad_Gabes was at @AdiantaDOTorg today, talking about #scalingup for #social #innovators t.co/Ey0GuSlDwB @nesta_uk

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akshay deodhar
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.@Mad_Gabes was at @AdiantaDOTorg today, talking about #scalingup for #social #innovators t.co/Ey0GuSlDwB @nesta_uk

akshay deodhar
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GO BIG OR GO HOME!!! - #wishfulthinking , #humour , #scalingup all guns blazing #social #innovation @Mad_Gabes @nesta_uk @AdiantaDOTorg

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GO BIG OR GO HOME!!! - #wishfulthinking , #humour , #scalingup all guns blazing #social #innovation @Mad_Gabes @nesta_uk @AdiantaDOTorg

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akshay deodhar
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GO BIG OR GO HOME!!! - #wishfulthinking , #humour , #scalingup all guns blazing #social #innovation @Mad_Gabes @nesta_uk @AdiantaDOTorg

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akshay deodhar
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GO BIG OR GO HOME!!! - #wishfulthinking , #humour , #scalingup all guns blazing #social #innovation @Mad_Gabes @nesta_uk @AdiantaDOTorg

akshay deodhar
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Are there models for supporting #scalingup as there are for supporting #social #innovation @Mad_Gabes @AdiantaDOTorg t.co/S7aXYKCqJ1

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Bob Sutton
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The Art of Not Working at Work t.co/lFko0sRabx

IDEO
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What might the future of mobility look like? Let’s go for a ride and find out: t.co/c2z1KgarJh

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Bob Sutton
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Two key factors to consider when scaling your company t.co/Eny86L1prj

Clara Shih
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Bob Sutton @HearsaySocial: "To scale, must shift from heroic mindset to system thinker beyond ur role" @work_matters t.co/MRHpiAAUE9

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Stanford ECorner
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Why @Stanford's Sheri Sheppard, who leads @EpicenterUSA's research, is a @CarnegieFdn U.S. Professor of the Year: t.co/WqPMsOu8cp

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Julia Kirby
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"development practice suggests something super boring: projects thrive/tank according to specific dynamics of place" t.co/BPyguX5SkF

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Michael Dearing
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Being an asshole isn't unique to Uber or specialty of capitalism. It's a core method of human beings who feel status is threatened.

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Michael Dearing
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The Bill of Rights in the Digital Age | Boston Review t.co/GY0Hphsu31

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"Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.” Alan Watts via @brainpickings

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Bob Sutton
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Stop Trying to Save the World. Why #scalingup needs to move slower and adapted to local needs t.co/VEd0MLLm3g via @tnr

Bob Sutton
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Thanks to Geoffrey James for picking Scaling Up Excellence as a top 10 2014 Biz Book @inc @Sales_Source t.co/eoRVlEepZr

Bob Sutton
@work_matters

A Sad Fact of Life: It's Actually Smart to Be Mean Online | WIRED t.co/AlBp6hBItY

Teresa Amabile
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Sad but true: negativity seems smarter than positivity. t.co/zY7tNGscJ0… #psychology via @WIRED

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huggyrao
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sherpas matter as much as stars ! see this study: backkground vocals matter for a song to become a hit t.co/obJmqNxuRB

huggyrao
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our mooc on scaling with @work_matters just ended. a humbling opportunity to serve 27,000 participants

huggyrao
@huggyrao

thank you for your help for our MOOC on scaling up. Both @work_matters and I were touched by the 27,000 participants

huggyrao
@huggyrao

In the thick of our MOOC on scaling up - amazing stories, and experiences!

huggyrao
@huggyrao

thank you all for your help! Our MOOC on scaling up without screwing up has launched with 22,000 participants

huggyrao
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what matters more for scaling stamina - the psychology or the anatomy or the phsyiology of the enterprise?

huggyrao
@huggyrao

a useful indicator of a clusterfug: ration of internal meetings/customer meetings

huggyrao
@huggyrao

a signal of premature scaling for young firms: too many meetings and people to check with before you roll out a product

huggyrao
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overthinking an issue can reduce your appeal and influenc.e see this cool study t.co/9eUy4tEBq2

huggyrao
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Scaling innovation hinges on delegation, and in turn, means scaling trust. see t.co/3CUXsgmQQo

huggyrao
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See the 18 factors responsible for the Lac-Megantic rail disaster in quebec. t.co/RJALsT4SyW

Sally Herships
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When does a startup stop being a startup? For @marketplace CC: @huggyrao @ShopKeep @olkie @ElDonEsteban

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huggyrao
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Please do check out a MOOC on #scaling up offered by @work_matters and yours truly. See t.co/S6Djzwchjt

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music can make you feel empowered. see t.co/6spSMjm8m0

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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.