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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 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:
Act immediately without over planning.
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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By Tom on 05-20-17
Good ideas. Wanted a few more inches on the journey.
I really like the concepts of this book and I want to use some of the ideas right away. However, throughout the entire book, I found myself asking "yeah, but I wonder how to implement/incorporate that idea/strategy into what I do". That seemed to be left out... until the end where the author tells you that the single most important part of attempting to change people's behavior is to give them a map on how to do so and then goes on to provide some answers to the questions I was having throughout the book more-or-less as an afterthought.
I guess I would have preferred that the book led with the how to concepts and reinforced them through examples/case studies coupled with ideas on how to apply the concepts to various potential real life situations.
Not that none of that was there, but it just seemed lacking a touch.
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By Amazon Customer on 04-22-18
Learn how to view your resources differently
To stop waiting to have the right "it" to complete any task and work with what you already have. Think of new uses for your current resources to find a solution.
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