Rooted in science, brought to life with powerful stories, and delivered in an informative and entertaining way, bestselling author and distinguished Rice University business school professor Scott Sonenshein teaches a powerful mindset for doing more with less to help companies succeed, enable professionals to achieve, and teach people to thrive.

Scott Sonenshein combines the rigor of a distinguished scholar with the entertainment of a gifted storyteller to deliver keynotes that inform and inspire audiences of all sizes. His keynotes provide participants with a new mindset for thinking about the resources they use to solve problems, innovate, and adapt.

Sonenshein’s talks introduce the concept of “stretching” to teach people and companies to creatively, flexibly, and effectively use their resources. He 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. He has spoken to intimate audiences of executives and conferences with 800+ attendees using his studies and stories to inform leadership, change, creativity, and even parenting. Beyond his critically acclaimed book, Stretch, Sonenshein’s recent work has appeared in The New York Times and Time Magazine.

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Potential Speaking Topics

Stretching: The Art of Doing More with What You and Your Company Already Have

Conventional wisdom says that the more resources we have—bigger budgets, larger teams, or more experience—the more we can do. In this keynote, Scott Sonenshein challenges this belief with over a decade of original research, spanning everything from Fortune 500 companies to budding entrepreneurial ventures. The key to building more successful organizations, he argues, doesn’t come from pursuing more. It comes from expanding the value of existing resources. Using studies and stories, Sonenshein shows that organizations that survive and thrive have one thing in common: they act resourcefully, taking however little, or even how much, they have, and creating even greater value with it. His message is uplifting, illuminating, and personal, and perfect for understanding organizations both large and small.

Realizing Your Own Ambitions through Resourcefulness

What does the condition of our lawns tell us about our most important endeavors in life—how to build businesses, launch careers, or even raise families? It turns out quite a lot. Drawing from his wealth of scientific studies in the past decade, Scott Sonenshein shows that our strong desire to keep up with others—our colleagues’ work titles and budgets, our friends’ accomplishments, and even our neighbors’ green grass—has put us on a destructive path that makes us ultimately less successful and satisfied. He explains how to redirect the energy spent chasing after what others have to realizing our own goals and dreams. Using research interwoven with stories, he explains why the most important skill to navigating life’s challenges is resourcefulness—getting the most out of what’s already in hand.

Unlocking Hidden Resources to Make Organizational Change Successful

Although organizations frequently need to change, they usually fall short of their goals. Too often change initiatives get sidetracked by resistance and other roadblocks that are easily preventable. Drawing from over a decade of researching and teaching organizational change, Scott Sonenshein shows how to transform resisters into resources and how to unpack hidden ideas, talents, and other resources to make any change effort successful. He explains the critical role of expectations, how to avoid the “dunce cap” and techniques for identifying outsiders within your organization to generate the best ideas for implementing change.