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In Scaling Up Excellence, bestselling author Robert Sutton and Stanford colleague Huggy Rao tackle a challenge that determines every organization’s success: scaling up farther, faster, and more effectively as a program or an organization creates a larger footprint. Sutton and Rao have devoted much of the last decade to uncovering what it takes to build and uncover pockets of exemplary performance, to help spread them, and to keep recharging organizations with ever better work practices. Drawing on inside accounts and case studies and academic research from a wealth of industries—including start-ups, pharmaceuticals, airlines, retail, financial services, high-tech, education, non-profits, government, and healthcare—Sutton and Rao identify the key scaling challenges that confront every organization. They tackle the difficult trade-offs that organizations must make between “Buddhism” versus “Catholicism”—whether to encourage individualized 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 successful growth in the past. They unpack the principles that help to cascade excellence throughout an organization, as well as show how to eliminate destructive beliefs and behaviors that will hold them back.

Scaling Up Excellence is the first major business book devoted to this universal and vexing challenge. It is destined to become the standard bearer in the field.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Scaling Up Excellence is one of the finest business books you’ll ever read. It is rich with vivid examples, deep research, and practical advice on the toughest challenge organizations confront: how to spread success from a few small pockets of an organization to its entire fabric. Whether you’re an entrepreneur who wants to get big, a CEO who wants to avoid stagnation, or a non-profit executive who wants make a deeper difference, Scaling Up Excellence is an essential read—a playbook that belongs on the desk of every leader.”

    Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author of To Sell Is Human

  • “The Internet creates new possibilities for scaling, but scaling rarely happens because of technology alone. This insightful book shares the methods and strategies that successful leaders rely on to spread the beliefs and behaviors that can accelerate an organization’s growth while simultaneously improving its processes.”

    Reid Hoffman, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Start-up of You

  • “Start-ups sow the seeds of their culture from the very first day. Yet their ultimate success depends on knowing when and how to scale. Drawing on first hand accounts from a wide range of industries, Scaling Up Excellence is the first book to offer a detailed examination of the best practices needed to successfully scale without diluting the very qualities that made a company successful in the first place. An important book for corporations and entrepreneurs alike.”

    Eric Ries, New York Times bestselling author of The Lean Startup

  • Scaling Up Excellence is a masterpiece. I have been wrestling with the same conundrum for thirty years, and I simply marvel at the way Bob Sutton and Huggy Rao have disentangled this supremely important Gordian knot.”

    Tom Peters, New York Times bestselling author of In Search of Excellence

  • “A must-read. Renowned experts Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao are the first to tackle a pervasive problem that every leader faces: spreading and multiplying success. This landmark book is full of rich examples, powerful studies, and actionable insights for anyone who cares about making groups or organizations more effective.”

    Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

  • “Maintaining excellence while growing is full of pitfalls and pain, and requires a great deal of thoughtfulness. Scaling Up Excellence gives us a well-crafted framework for thinking about and addressing the nitty-gritty problems on the ground without getting derailed by lofty goals. Sutton and Rao keep us focused on the personal actions required for tackling this leadership challenge.”

    Ed Catmull, president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation Studios

  • “A great read that provides real, practical advice whether you’re a team of 5 or 50,000. Sutton and Rao find just the right stories to show how almost any team can get bigger and better.”

    Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of People Operations, Google

  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2014
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