A GROUNDBREAKING APPROACH
TO SUCCEEDING IN BUSINESS
AND LIFE, USING THE SCIENCE
We often think the key to success and satisfaction
is to get more: more money, time, and
possessions; bigger budgets, job titles, and teams;
and additional resources for our professional and
personal goals. It turns out we’re wrong.
Using captivating stories to illustrate research
in psychology and management, Rice University
professor Scott Sonenshein examines why some
people and organizations succeed with so little,
while others fail with so much.
People and organizations approach resources
in two different ways: “chasing” and “stretching.”
When chasing, we exhaust ourselves in the pursuit
of more. When stretching, we embrace the resources
we already have. This frees us to find creative and
productive ways to solve problems, innovate, and
engage our work and lives more fully.Stretch shows why everyone—from executives
to entrepreneurs, professionals to parents, athletes
to artists—performs better with constraints; why
seeking too many resources undermines our work
and well-being; and why even those with a lot
benefit from making the most out of a little.
Drawing from examples in business, education,
sports, medicine, and history, Scott Sonenshein
advocates a powerful framework of resourcefulness
that allows anybody to work and live better.