Author of Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less—and Achieve More than You Ever Imagined
Scott Sonenshein is the author of the forthcoming book Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less—and Achieve More than You Ever Imagined (February, 2017), a book that helps us learn how to achieve more by acting resourcefully, at work and beyond. An acclaimed business school professor, he is the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. There, he teaches courses in management, leadership and organizational change. His award-winning research, teaching, and consulting has helped Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals in industries such as technology, healthcare, retail, education, banking, manufacturing, and non-profits.
Stretch to Success: Doing More with What You and Your Company Already Have
Conventional wisdom says that the more resources we have—bigger budgets, larger teams, or more experience—the more we can do. In this keynote, Scott Sonenshein challenges this belief with over a decade of original research, spanning everything from Fortune 500 companies to budding entrepreneurial ventures. The key to building more successful organizations, he argues, doesn’t come from pursuing more. It comes from expanding the value of existing resources. Using studies and stories, Sonenshein shows that organizations that survive and thrive have one thing in common: they act resourcefully, taking however little, or even how much, they have, and creating even greater value with it. His message is uplifting, illuminating, and personal, and perfect for understanding organizations both large and small.
Stretch to Fulfillment: Realizing Your Own Ambitions through Resourcefulness
What does the condition of our lawns tell us about our most important endeavors in life—how to build businesses, launch careers, or even raise families? It turns out quite a lot. Drawing from his wealth of scientific studies in the past decade, Scott Sonenshein shows that our strong desire to keep up with others—our colleagues’ work titles and budgets, our friends’ accomplishments, and even our neighbors’ green grass—has put us on a destructive path that makes us ultimately less successful and satisfied. He explains how to redirect the energy spent chasing after what others have to realizing our own goals and dreams. Using research interwoven with stories, he explains why the most important skill to navigating life’s challenges is resourcefulness—getting the most out of what’s already in hand.
Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less—and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined
Stretch identifies key ways for people and organizations to work beyond their resources to achieve higher performance. Based on in-depth research in psychology and management, including over a decade of his own, Scott Sonenshein shows how to accomplish goals, find professional and personal success, build sustainable organizations, and live a richer life.
Two different mindsets drive achievement, creativity, and innovation: “stretching” and “chasing.” Stretchers embrace what they have, finding unconventional ways to use resources already at hand. A coat hanger is a surgical tool; a competitor is someone who improves your own work. Chasers get trapped in convention. They mindlessly accept other people’s definitions of resources and often feel they are missing what they need to succeed. Sonenshein teaches a four-part framework that activates the stretching potential we all have but may not fully recognize.
Act immediately without overplanning.
Expect the positive.
Build unique combinations.
Sonenshein reveals that while we rarely have all we think we need, we usually have more than we imagine. Whether leading organizations, launching careers, or raising families, Stretch teaches us how to achieve more by acting resourcefully at work and beyond.
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