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Scott Sonenshein

World Renowned Scholar Teaching How to Do More With Less


  • Stretch to Success: How to Build Organizations That Do More With Less
  • Stretch to Change: Unlocking Hidden Resources to Make Organizational Change Successful
  • Stretch to Fulfillment: Realizing Your Own Ambitions Through Resourcefulness
  • Stretch at Home: How to Live Resourcefully and Raise Resilient Children


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Scott Sonenshein is the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice University and author of Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less – And Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined (Harper Business). His award-winning research, teaching, and consulting has helped Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals in industries such as technology, energy, healthcare, retail, education, banking, manufacturing, and non-profits. He holds a PhD in Management and Organizations from the University of Michigan, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a BA from the University of Virginia. Sonenshein has also worked as a strategy consultant and lived the rise and fall of the dotcom boom at a Silicon Valley startup. His research appears in top academic journals and has contributed to topics in management and psychology, including change, creativity, decision-making, and influence. Sonenshein sits on five distinguished editorial boards.

Stretch (HarperBusiness) is a counterintuitive, evidence-based approach to overcoming personal and organizational limitations by reframing what you think you need to succeed, and doing more with what you already have. In Stretch, Sonenshein shows you how to accomplish your goals, find success in your professional and personal endeavors, and live a more fulfilling life by regularly expanding upon the typical ways of thinking about and using nontraditional, often hidden resources to accomplish goals—rather than mindlessly accepting other people’s definitions of resources and ending up feeling like you are missing something you need to achieve.

An active presence on the speaking circuit, Sonenshein translates cutting edge research into actionable insights to help organizations and people meet their goals both large and small.

Sonenshein has also written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Fast Company and Harvard Business Review. He has been interviewed on national and local television, NPR stations throughout the country, and has been featured in newspapers across the country.

Currently, Sonenshein resides in Texas.


Praise for Stretch:

“We rarely have as much of anything as we want, but we can learn to do more with it. Scott Sonenshein is a gifted thinker whose insights have sharpened my work for over a decade, and his fascinating debut book reveals how resourcefulness is a skill that’s waiting to be learned. Get ready to unleash your inner MacGyver.”
— Adam Grant, bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

“I always appreciate a book that challenges me, forces me to think, and creates constructive discomfort. And I especially value such a book when its key conclusions have a base of research. Dr. Sonenshein has accomplished all this with Stretch, and I am thankful for the chance to grow from reading his work.”
— Jim Collins, bestselling author of Good to Great and Great by Choice

“It’s easy to feel like we never have enough time, resources, or money. Scott Sonenshein’s surprising and entertaining book inspires and instructs us to make the most out of what we already have. The result is more-more creativity, more engagement, and more satisfaction.”
— Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of To Sell is Human and Drive

“Stretch is a masterpiece. Whether you want to build a better life or a better business, Scott Sonenshein reveals how the power of constraints sets you free and why the lust for more is bad for your mental health and-ironically- your personal success and the success of your business. I love the stories, rigorous research, and especially, how Sonenshein’s warmth and wisdom fill every page and make Stretch a joy to read.”
— Robert Sutton, Stanford professor and author of the The No Asshole Rule

“Well-informed and frequently enlightening…Sonenshein is an amiable guide to attaining the benefits of stretching. A convincing argument within a compelling narrative-recommended for business managers and resourceful individuals alike.”
— Kirkus

“In Silicon Valley successful entrepreneurs value constraints to help define both the problem and solution. In Stretch, Scott Sonenshein explains how to turn limitations into valuable assets, helping us achieve our goals both at work and at home.
— Ann Doerr, Chairman, Kahn Academy

“A smart yet accessible book that will appeal to readers interested in simplifying their careers and lives.”
— Library Journal