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Author: Scott Sonenshein Narrator: Mike Chamberlain Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9780062659491
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A Rice University social scientist teaches you to rethink what you need to succeed, and do more with what you already have, in this counterintuitive, evidence-based guide to changing the way you work and live.

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, Scott Sonenshein shows how to accomplish goals, find professional and personal success, 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 competitor is someone who improves your own work; a floundering brand becomes a trendy; and forgotten workers become star employees. 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:

  • Diversify experiences.
  • 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “We rarely have as much of anything as we want, but we can learn to do more with it…Get ready to unleash your inner MacGyver.”

    Adam Grant, author of Give and Take

  • “Scott Sonenshein’s surprising and entertaining book inspires and instructs us to make the most out of what we already have.”

    Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human

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About the Author

Scott Sonenshein holds a PhD from the University of Michigan and is the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice University. He has served as an Associate Editor at the field’s top publication, Academy of Management Journal, and sits on four other distinguished editorial boards. He lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife Randi and two daughters.

About the Narrator

Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer in Los Angeles whose audiobook narration has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. His voice credits range from radio commercials and television narration to animation and video game characters. Stage trained at Boston College, he has performed works from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary drama and comedy.