Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less

Scaling-Up

Why we chose this book
How can you spread exemplary performance throughout the organization? How can you keep your organization moving forwards in a state of continual improvement without ever losing momentum? The problem of how to “scale up excellence” is important to all business leaders, which is why Business Digest will present this book in our upcoming May issue!

How can you spread exemplary performance within an organization? According to coauthors Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao, spreading excellence to more people within an organization doesn’t start with striving to promote good behaviors: it starts with getting rid of bad ones. Based on seven years of research in the form of case studies, interviews, and academic studies, Sutton and Rao present multiple strategies and practices that, as they grow over time, keep organizations moving forwards in a state of continual improvement without ever losing momentum. As they write in their preface, “This book shows what it takes to build and uncover pockets of exemplary performance, spread those splendid deeds, and as an organization grows bigger and older — rather than slipping toward mediocrity or worse — recharge it with better ways of doing the work at hand.”

Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao (Crown Business, February 2014).

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Business Digest no 192, January 2009.