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Dainalyn Swaby
@LynnSwaby

We are now the Caribbean School of Media and Communication. #ScalingUp #CARIMAC @ Carimac, UWI… t.co/tIR3IEK3U9

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Dainalyn Swaby
@LynnSwaby

We are now the Caribbean School of Media and Communication. #ScalingUp #CARIMAC @ Carimac, UWI… t.co/tIR3IEK3U9

Klyn Elsbury
@iamproseries

#5 #Steps To #Scale Your #Business (You Won't Make It Otherwise) via @forbes t.co/iVtLFPtT01 #successt.co/wC6Oz7XMTs

Miguel González
@miguelgo81

Listo para #ImpulsarElCrecimiento en #Tijuana #ScalingUp t.co/M4RE7MlF4z

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MultiFunding
@multifunding

Great meeting WalMart Suppliers at Prosper show, Best of Luck to the new crop #ScalingUp t.co/5Zrjslwq6W

Nicolas Hauff
@NicolasHauff

Todo un éxito nuestro primer #ScalingUp Business Growth Workshop en #CdJuarez ayer. Casa llena!!! Organizado por… t.co/jaRWPEvLwm

Digitalent
@digitalent

#ScalingUp Chinese investors boost funding in Danish #Crypto Exchange's #blockchain projects t.co/GUqNdzu0Ln t.co/MW6YxJZsL0

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Digitalent
@digitalent

#ScalingUp Chinese investors boost funding in Danish #Crypto Exchange's #blockchain projects t.co/GUqNdzu0Ln t.co/MW6YxJZsL0

CoStation
@co_station

Registrations are closing tonight! Come talk #AI, #SmartCities, #MakersTour & #ScalingUp! Hurry up!… t.co/4m5k6VuvPT

Now the proud owner of a pricing gun to use for bulk batch number & best before dates on @junglefiresauce bottles!… t.co/RvKw9Nhj76

Square Mile
@square_miler

Great to see #notforprofits #scalingup too. Plenty #SMEs can learn from this: Grit Happens with @nancylublin
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Crossfit Tustin
@CrossfitTustin

Masters Division 40+ and 200lb+ took over 9am REDLINE this morning! 💪🏼 #bodyweight #rxplus #scalingup... t.co/eyuCfJxPN8

Klyn Elsbury
@iamproseries

#4 #Ways to Know It's Time to Quit Your Day Job and Launch Your #Company t.co/EGg1u0r289 via @dailymuset.co/62gu7Q3e08

viecarratt
@viecarratt

“Optimize #cash flow for rapid #growth” a key element in the #scalingup process

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Robert Nankervis
@RobertNankervis

How tightly is your culture linked to your working environment? t.co/PMW9G4lW6a #propellingperformance #scalingup

Square Mile
@square_miler

Great to see #notforprofits #scalingup too. Plenty #SMEs can learn from this: Grit Happens with @nancylublin
t.co/hSTbkBtvBG

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Daniel Pink
@DanielPink

We're overconfident, swayed by stories, dazzled by jargon, and anchored in prior beliefs.
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Ed Batista
@edbatista

"Work Hard or Work Smart?" Is the Wrong Question t.co/IOSMWx2SNR

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Bob Sutton
@work_matters

That is great news, you have built such an astounding company together. t.co/Nv9OHIjgKx

Bob Sutton
@work_matters

Thanks. Next week's episode is with @pattymccord1, who challenges and dismantles multiple sacred cows-- and is rea… t.co/w8PO7VmCp2

Katy DeCelles
@katydec

t.co/FdubMHY6bl @work_matters reminds me of our convo today

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Bob Sutton
@work_matters

Thanks for joining us. Great research and stories about prison guards, "fights before flights' in airports, and fr… t.co/0qQqQ64MX3

Bob Sutton
@work_matters

More evidence that being a giver is better for everyone, including yourself --as @AdamMGrant argues so well. t.co/T145N57PlR

Bob Sutton
@work_matters

Thanks so much to the fantastic team @ecorner Today is our first episode with @huggyrao, next week is @pattymccord1t.co/Y4puzLLk2y

Bob Sutton
@work_matters

This piece really does a lovely job of showing how to link "top down" and "bottom up" change from a social movement… t.co/AMzxWc60wW

Bob Sutton
@work_matters

If you have an instructive or funny #assholesurvival story, I would love to hear. See the end of this piece t.co/OZkzWqdE4I

Bob Sutton
@work_matters

Behavior shapes beliefs. Create safe havens. Just 2 lessons from this well-crafted organizational change case t.co/LJDUleRwqJ

Bob Sutton
@work_matters

Why I wrote "The Asshole Survival Guide" t.co/OZkzWqdE4I by @work_matters on @LinkedIn

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huggyrao
@huggyrao

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

huggyrao
@huggyrao

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

huggyrao
@huggyrao

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

huggyrao
@huggyrao

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

huggyrao
@huggyrao

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.