• by Scott Sonenshein
  • Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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 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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Tom

Stretch stretches your perspective and potential!

Too often we probably waste time and money chasing solutions. Applying the not-so-common common sense of Stretch can maximize our time and resources. Written in an easily digestible format with memorable illustrations backed by the credibility of research, Stretch is a guidebook and map for accomplishing more (or exactly what you need) for less.
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- George B. Freebersyser

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: HarperAudio