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Bill Gallagher
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"A purpose-driven company tends to get more engaged applicants." t.co/3xSSmLX5Rp #scalingup

HUMANISTEQ
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"A purpose-driven company tends to get more engaged applicants." t.co/x8xPhyx4Ij #scalingup

Webvoice, Inc.
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Mama's got a new set of keys and Webvoice has new office space #ScalingUp #WomenInBusinesst.co/7NGJA17TGL

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Webvoice, Inc.
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Mama's got a new set of keys and Webvoice has new office space #ScalingUp #WomenInBusinesst.co/7NGJA17TGL

Webvoice, Inc.
@webvoice

New product line strategic launch meeting! Two smart men and one #SmartWoman #ScalingUpt.co/iAd9coM8U5

Matthew James
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Thanks @LesRuby & @GIcoaches. Love how you are holding us accountable! @thegrowthguy #scalingup #rockefellerhabits t.co/yDIwvmcPg1

Matthew Menear
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"Fail To Scale: Why Great Ideas In Health Care Don’t Thrive Everywhere" #scalingup #KT t.co/Cq9rrurwLk

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Lina Ma Ramirez L
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Terminamos nuestro #ScalingUp @ManizalesMas #QueFelicidad! Para mí ha sido una gran oportunidad de aprendizaje cole… t.co/NnNX4wBFSC

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Anna Getty
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Wowed by this team! Every day I check Twitter to see @Addicaid is bigger & better. #startup #traction #scalingup t.co/HgNiFL0Kjg

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Anna Getty
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Wowed by this team! Every day I check Twitter to see @Addicaid is bigger & better. #startup #traction #scalingup t.co/HgNiFL0Kjg

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Matthew Menear
@mattmenear

"Fail To Scale: Why Great Ideas In Health Care Don’t Thrive Everywhere" #scalingup #KT t.co/Cq9rrurwLk

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Grace Garland
@thatPRGrace

Hearing from @jonathanquin about #ScalingUp at our management get together #mvf #managementthrowdown @MVFGlobal t.co/Xlzb2zjJDz

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TEP Centre
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The role of Technology in transforming education t.co/FPn0xaTOR3 via @itnewsafrica #Innovation #ScalingUp #Technology

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Grace Garland
@thatPRGrace

Hearing from @jonathanquin about #ScalingUp at our management get together #mvf #managementthrowdown @MVFGlobal t.co/Xlzb2zjJDz

TEP Centre
@TEPCentre

The role of Technology in transforming education t.co/FPn0xaTOR3 via @itnewsafrica #Innovation #ScalingUp #Technology

Bill Gallagher
@billgall

Have you used a waterfall graph lately to analyze the business? #cash #scalingup #rockefellerhabits t.co/GuKK8u3SES

HUMANISTEQ
@HUMANISTEQ

Have you used a waterfall graph lately to analyze the business? #cash #scalingup #rockefellerhabits

Lina Ma Ramirez L
@linamariarl

Terminamos nuestro #ScalingUp @ManizalesMas #QueFelicidad! Para mí ha sido una gran oportunidad de aprendizaje cole… t.co/NnNX4wBFSC

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Peter Boolkah
@boolkah

Another day another Gazelles workshop #ScalingUp @thegrowthguy t.co/rqcBL5MEbL

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Iván Ruiz Argel
@iruizargel

#ScalingUp de @ManizalesMas con Vini Onyemah y Dan Isenberg del Babson College. Muy chévere ver a +100 personas pen… t.co/xWQo6DSsOa

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Daniel Pink
@DanielPink

Drucker, as always, for the win! t.co/Sg6u3iYIrj

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Bob Sutton
@work_matters

Kudos to @MedisafeApp for having a no asshole rule -- taking credit for others' work is a big no-no there t.co/sjqTOTSTqI

Bob Sutton
@work_matters

Is Mom Taking Her Medicine? An Entrepreneur Takes On A $300 Billion, Life-And-Death Challenge via @forbes t.co/sjqTOTBiza

Bob Sutton
@work_matters

Experiment:Sad leaders can be more effective than angry; followers "identify and sympathize" with them more t.co/k7CqZZ6z3Y

Lisa Kay Solomon
@lisakaysolomon

Thrilled to explore the intersection btwn curiosity + design + story w/ @GlimmerGuy, @UXSamYen & @30x30x &. Join us. t.co/Ds3yHKD7vT

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Greylock Partners
@GreylockVC

.@johnolilly on collaboration, productivity, and why he is so dang excited about @figmadesign. #MultiplayerDesign t.co/Cw5PAZ5lTp

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Business Insider
@businessinsider

Unruly passengers are now among the top safety concerns for airlines — via @TheFiscalTimes t.co/ZdRXxugtyK t.co/wv3U64cJOI

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Bob Sutton
@work_matters

The One Question You Should Ask About Every New Job t.co/Ai62wE8SIm

Ashish Goel
@ashishgoel

A great post to start our new blog: “Stop-and-frisk did not work ‘incredibly well’” by @5harad t.co/3bc9UOCDza

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Chris Flink
@FlinkChris

Unforgettable cable hike to top of Bay Bridge today. Survived & inspired. t.co/JNcznQQ6tt

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Science of Us
@thescienceofus

The co-author of "power posing" research doesn't believe the effects of the poses are real t.co/mud7TI4qoX t.co/cWjstBQxaC

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Amy Edmondson
@AmyCEdmondson

From one of my favorite #leadership coaches t.co/uoXBrxHhgW

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Tim Sullivan
@Tim_Org

Another interesting piece on the perils of popularity in academia (although the reasoning gets muddled at the end): t.co/WodEj1h5QN

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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.

huggyrao
@huggyrao

A gem on scaling from a CEO: scaling not only involves planting the flag but also building the road !

huggyrao
@huggyrao

Do you agree with this metric? New outsider CEO's ought to piss off at least 30 % of employees if they are to turn around a firm.

huggyrao
@huggyrao

here is a quick behind the scenes look at our MOOC on scaling. Please check out t.co/Np3LZgiOrR

huggyrao
@huggyrao

am tweeting after a hiatus. happy new year to all

Bob Sutton
@work_matters

We are delighted to join @edcatmull on Library Journal's best 5 2014 Biz Books list #scalingup @huggyrao t.co/AcK2vDkbSI

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huggyrao
@huggyrao

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

huggyrao
@huggyrao

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

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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.