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The Dark Side of Scaling Up: Will You Want to Live in What You Build?

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:21:23 -0800

My Stanford colleague Huggy Rao and I devoted seven years to learning about what it takes to scale up excellence in organizations. We studied how leaders and teams build and identify pockets of goodness in organizations and spread such goodness...



My Organizational Behavior Class: The Current Iteration

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 11:13:42 -0800

The first time I taught an introductory organizational behavior class was in 1980 or 1981. I was a second-year doctoral student in organizational psychology at The University of Michigan. I had no teaching experience (except for one guest lecture I...



12 Books That Every Leader Should Read: Updated

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:03:49 -0800

I have been maintaining – and occasionally updating -- a list of “Books Every Leader Should Read” on this Work Matters blog since 2011. These are books that have taught me much about people, teams, and organizations -- while at...



"Give and Take" in Paperback: Check Out the Launch Fun and Goodies

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:27:08 -0700

Adam Grant's book Give and Take is, in my view, one of the most important management -- and life -- books ever written because it makes such a compelling evidence-based case that, to get ahead in life, you don't have...



Walt Disney and Brad Bird on Why They Want to Make Money

Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:06:00 -0800

I was exchanging emails with a colleague that used to be at the Stanford d.school and now works with schools. He menionted Brad Bird, which reminded my of an interview that Huggy Rao and I did with him in 2008...



I NEED HELP FOR AN HBR INTERVIEW! How do you deal with coworkers that you just can't stand?

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 08:14:07 -0800

Huggy Rao and I continue to be focused on the launch of our new book Scaling Up Excellence. But every now and then i can't resist doing something different I got an email the other day from Harvard Business Review...



Why Big Teams Suck: Seven (Plus or Minus Two) Is the Magical Number Once Again

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:28:26 -0800

I also posted this piece over at LinkedIn this morning. It offers a simple lesson, but one that is often disregarded, and in turn undermines the team and organizational performance, creates dysfunctional conflict. and weakens social bonds. In 1957, British...



Publication Day For Scaling Up Excellence -- and Facebook's 10th Anniversary!

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 04:50:48 -0800

Today is Facebook’s 10th Anniversary. We didn’t plan it this way, but today, February 4th is also the official publication day for Scaling Up Excellence, which my Stanford colleague Huggy Rao devoted the last seven years to researching and writing....



Get Your "The Year of Subtraction" 2014 Calender: Comes With a Pre-order of Scaling Up Excellence, Plus More Goodies

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:03:49 -0800

If you pre-order Scaling Up Excellence , my publisher will mail you the above "Year of Subtraction" calender. It is 11" x 17." You can see a bigger version by clicking on the above image. They will also send you...



Wait, there is more! Pre-order offer for Scaling Up Excellence

Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:41:50 -0800

The journey that Huggy Rao and I have taken to write, and yes, now peddle our book Scaling Up Excellence has taken many strange and amusing turns. Publication date is getting mighty close. It ships February 4th. The transition from...



Body of Work: Pamela Slim Reinvents the "Career Book"

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:20:15 -0800

A few months back, Pam Slim's publisher sent me an advanced copy of her book Body of Work: Finding the Thread that Ties Your Story Together. Today is the official publication day -- you owe it to yourself to buy...



The Writing Life And Scaling Up Excellence: You Are What You Do

Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:42:17 -0800

A few years back, one of my closest friends at Stanford, Steve Barley, made a comment that I still think of often “If you are what you do, then I am a sociologist.” Steve was making a general point (drawn...



ALL GONE FOR NOW! Free Scaling Galley For First 50 Influencers Who Write Bob Sutton

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:23:43 -0800

Thanks to all the influencers who wrote, we kicked in a few extras at the end, but they are all gone for now! Enjoy the holidays and thanks to everyone for so many supportive notes. As many of you know,...



Advanced Praise or "Blurbs" for Scaling Up Excellence

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:09:09 -0800

About a month ago, Huggy Rao, our editor Roger Scholl, and I wrapped up the process of collecting advanced praise, or "blurbs" as they call them in the book business, for Scaling Up Excellence. I have frankly have mixed feelings...



Essentialism; It Will Make You Think and Might Even Make You Less Crazy

Sun, 08 Dec 2013 07:08:22 -0800

Greg McKeown's publisher sent me an advanced copy of his book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. I said I would look at for a possible blurb (I don't do advanced praise for a lot of books, in part, because...



Huggy Rao, Scaling, and Me: An Excellent, Exacting, and Eccentric Adventure

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:16:42 -0800

During the seven years that Huggy Rao and I worked on Scaling Up Excellence, we got involved in some pretty unusual situations – at least for two rather staid old professors. We did everything from working with a company that...



Three Hallmarks of Good Performance Evaluations

Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:18:59 -0800

Phyllis Korkki of the New York Times wrote a piece this Sunday for her Workstation column called Invasion of the Annual Reviews. It emphasizes the risks and downsides of annual reviews, and she quotes me quite a bit -- I...



Creativity,Inc. by Pixar's Ed Catmull: One of the Best Business Books of All Time

Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:12:11 -0800

Ed Catmull has been one of my favorite senior executives for a long time. I admired him from afar after reading about him in David Price's excellent The Pixar Touch. I admired him even more after talking to people at...



Pre-Order Scaling Up Excellence and Get a "Sneak Peek" at 25% of the Book

Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:41:51 -0700

Scaling Up Excellence will be published on February 4th, 2014. We know that is a long time wait. We want to get some of the main ideas out there before the book comes out to get your reactions and ideas...



Scaling Up Excellence: The Problem of More

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 09:34:20 -0700

This is reprinted from the Harvard Business Review site. A big thanks to Julia Kirby for the wonderful editing. Start talking about the challenge of “scaling” with people, and you’ll find the term gets used to mean a lot of...