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saastronauts.io 🚀🌎
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Don’t ignore SaaS metrics in early stage success. t.co/8e9wtbBfTM
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Align Today
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6 Things Every Business Owner Should Keep in Mind via @aligntoday t.co/LV1Rwxbtf4 #scalingup #businesst.co/XAVzVySboh

Pieter van Osch
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twee redenen waarom #ScalingUp voor sommige bedrijven lastig is en drie succesfactoren om door te zetten -- t.co/mEOfdYW2x9

Neale Lewis
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"What does it take to turn your business into an enduring great company?" #jimcollinslive #scalingup #scaleupt.co/XqpOZRyUcZ

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Neale Lewis
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"What does it take to turn your business into an enduring great company?" #jimcollinslive #scalingup #scaleupt.co/XqpOZRyUcZ

IoD North West
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We're hosting a great networking event in #liverpool this month; this #Advance Circle event will discuss #scalingup: t.co/5KjRNaufu3

Robert Nankervis
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My Scaling Up event is just 20 days away – a step in my plan to educate and empower 5000 business owners #scalingupt.co/8PF0F7OLdN

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Growing Business Capacity #scalingup t.co/Yctf4DTYba

Tina Powell
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Online Retailer Wylder Is Carving A Niche For Women Who Love The Outdoors t.co/vn8VmvIjF5 #ScalingUp t.co/efb1XQJmCJ

seonah
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I was honored to moderate "From Prototype to Manufacturing" @startupweekfoco #manufacturing #scalingup #fcsw17 #EconDev #ArticulateFoCo

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I was honored to moderate "From Prototype to Manufacturing" @startupweekfoco #manufacturing #scalingup #fcsw17 #EconDev #ArticulateFoCo

Flycast Processes
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3 Tips For Learning How To Delegate As An #Entrepreneur | t.co/ZbYIqqlHN8 | @Aileron_org #ScalingUp #Visiont.co/qI3iCjrk7e

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3 Tips For Learning How To Delegate As An #Entrepreneur | t.co/ZbYIqqlHN8 | @Aileron_org #ScalingUp #Visiont.co/qI3iCjrk7e

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Flycast Processes
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3 Tips For Learning How To Delegate As An #Entrepreneur | t.co/ZbYIqqlHN8 | @Aileron_org #ScalingUp #Visiont.co/qI3iCjrk7e

Bill Gallagher
@billgall

Great spot and view for a CEO coaching session in San Francisco day. #scalingup t.co/NCd7BRSgq7

Pay4 Video: Scaling Up Successfully - These guiding principles will increase your chances of success. t.co/67tvXb1MFU #scalingup

Market Gravity
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Interesting investor POV on #ScalingUp & rapid #business #growth via @Forbes @acddryburgh @imran_akram @AXAventurest.co/VTmG5gqwnv

Áshok Nellikār
@AshokNellikar

Starting up is not a #challenge anymore for #STARTUP's ~ #ScalingUp is & #Funding isn’t the only way to #sustain bu… t.co/zBfDcgb6Wn

Bill Gallagher
@billgall

Is your long-term strategy used to create annual and quarterly goals or is it more hopes and dreams? #strategy #scalingup

Bob's Feed

Bob Sutton
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I know you feel an urge to send that late email. Remember people are likely to be tired annoyed & say no. Save it, send in the morning

Kelly Leonard
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t.co/FYjKtqxhta Really enjoyed talking to @charlietodd for The Second City Works Podcast.

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Bob Sutton
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What to do when people start hacking your culture t.co/gdTW5ugOpE via @opensourceway by @webmink

Shane Parrish
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Charlie Munger on Getting Rich, Wisdom, Focus, Fake Knowledge and More t.co/sO4SDAbkB6

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Shit Academics Say
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I've seen the best research ideas of my generation destroyed by a brief literature search.

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BPS Research Digest
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There’s a psychological case for paying female managers more than male managers, or giving them more holiday… t.co/uKHISRPo3L

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Sylvia Lafair, Ph.D
@sylvialafair

So right Bob My Inc column on 2/27 at Sylvia Lafair t.co/KiRfjNqTYB also asks important question t.co/DdKWa5uWp3

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Bob Sutton
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"Being human in Silicon Valley" The DFJ ETL Series Presents Di-Ann Eisnor, Director of Growth at Waze: t.co/jxCXBv1pnP

Bob Sutton
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Problem is this apologizes for "the error that was made" not "the error we made." They don't accept any responsibil… t.co/PSnVpxcHFN

Christine Porath
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Prevent the incivility from the election from infiltrating your workplace t.co/FrcB4xj87D t.co/LFBkvHnNuY

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Huggy's Feed

huggyrao
@huggyrao

#MWNow: A key in innovation is to kill ideas, and not spread resources thinly like peanut butter

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

huggyrao
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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.