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Scaling up excellence is the key to creating a great organisation. It's how a small enterprise expands without losing focus. It's how a brilliant new idea or plan developed by the few goes on to be adopted by the many. And, in hard times and tough situations, it's how pockets of smart new thinking overcome cultures of indifference or negativity. An organisation that doesn't know how to scale up what is best within it won't achieve long-term success.

Best-selling author Robert Sutton and his Stanford colleague, Huggy Rao, have devoted nearly a decade to uncovering what it takes to create and spread outstanding performance, and in Scaling Up Excellence they share the fruits of their research.

Drawing on case studies that range from Silicon Valley enterprises to nonprofit organisations, they provide crucial insights into corporate cultures, both good and bad, and offer a road map for establishing and stimulating excellence. In the process, they show how to use 'premortems' when making big decisions about change. They reveal why seven is so often the magic number when it comes to team size. They examine successful and unsuccessful quests for improvement - in hospitals, schools and elsewhere. And they discuss when a single corporate mind-set is best ('Catholicism') and when local variation is preferable ('Buddhism').

Scaling Up Excellence is the first management book devoted to what is - or should be - a core priority for every organisation. As such it is destined to become the standard bearer.

©2015 Robert I. Sutton (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks (UK)

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  • 19-10-2019

Best business book I’ve ever read

I’ve worked in change leadership for 20 years and focus on healthcare improvement. This is the best book to inspire healthy conversation amongst leaders in my hospitals that I’ve come across - because the focus is consistently on making sure that good practice is scaled!

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  • 03-04-2018

treat it like a text book

I haven't listened to a book like this before, I'm used to business autobiographies. as such i struggled to engage at first. However I found the text very engaging and fast paced once I relaxed. so much so I will need to relisten and dip in and out of the book in the future. this isn't a one time listen.

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