How to Stop Chasing and Start Stretching

My conversation with Scott Sonenshein

“Constraints are not something you should shy away from — embrace scarcity.”
— Scott Sonenshein

I host a weekly radio show in SiriusXM 111, Business Radio Powered by Wharton, called Work and Life. We publish edited versions of my conversations as free podcasts. I invite you to list to the episode (embedded below) that is my conversation with Scott Sonenshein, a professor of management at Rice University, about his new book Stretch.

Sonenshein offers a groundbreaking, scientific approach to achieving high performance. The stretch mindset, which you can learn to adopt, is about resourcefulness and creativity in the face of constraints — simply put, to achieve more with less. We talk about how to embrace constraints instead of chasing after more, more, more. More is not the answer. And it’s liberating to realize this: Constraints enable us to actually achieve more by forcing us to look for creative solutions. So ask your boss for less and watch your performance and career growth accelerate.

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