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Stretch Unlock the Power of Less -and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined - Scott Sonenshein

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  • The book is dedicated to “RANDI” indicating that the author dedicated the book to someone named Randi. The name appears in all caps, suggesting that Randi is an important person in the author’s life.

  • The contents section lists the following:

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  • Introduction: My Stretch

  • Chapter 1: A Tale of Two Beers: Work with What You’ve Got

  • Chapter 2: The Grass is Always Greener: The Causes and Consequences of a Chasing Mind-Set

  • Chapter 3: All Things Rich and Beautiful: The Basics and Benefits of a Stretching Mind-Set

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NY brewed finally maxed out the facility, which had been built to produce only about half as much. Before investing in another plant, he consulted with his daughters. With only 3% of family businesses making it to the 4th generation, he wanted to gauge their interest in continuing the business.

Dick’s company D.G. Yuengling & Son grew into America’s largest domestically owned beer producer. But that was not his goal. His focus was on longevity and having his daughters’ kids run the business.

Despite his wealth, Dick remained frugal and focused on making the most of what he had. This helped him achieve sustainability, which eluded many other brewers.

The text then contrasts Dick’s approach with another brewer, Stroh. Stroh followed the idea that having more resources leads to better results. They acquired other brands and took on debt, but overloaded themselves and ultimately collapsed.

Dick, on the other hand, focused on better use of resources. He was able to swoop in and purchase Stroh’s struggling factory at a low price. He upgraded the equipment and operated it efficiently with fewer staff.

The key takeaways are:

  1. Having more resources does not always lead to better results. Dick showed focusing on better use of existing resources can be more successful.

  2. Chasers, who seek to acquire more resources, often overlook how to maximize what they already have. This can lead to failure.

  3. Stretchers, like Dick, ask how they can do more with what they have. This approach leads to success and satisfaction.

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The Lykov family lived in complete isolation for decades in harsh Siberian conditions. They had to make do with very little and be resourceful to survive. Although their situation was extreme, it shows how people can accomplish incredible things when they use what resources they have creatively.

All people face limitations and constraints in achieving their goals. Constrained people can either take an “engineering” approach and search for the ideal tool or a “bricolage” approach that makes good use of the resources at hand. Stretching by taking the bricolage approach can motivate creativity, better problem solving, and enable us to make the most of what we already have.

The story of “Van Man”, a multimillionaire baseball player who lives in a beat-up old van, illustrates the benefits of stretching. Though wealthy, he chooses to live simply to appreciate what he has. This mindset helps him stay focused on his work and pursue his dreams. Though his lifestyle may seem odd, it allows him to live differently and brings him joy.

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The text begins by discussing Daniel Norris, a professional baseball player who lives a modest lifestyle in a van instead of spending his wealth on luxury. This simple way of living helps Norris stay focused on his passion for baseball.

The text argues that chasing more resources can be counterproductive. Companies like Facit, once successful, became complacent and failed to adapt as technology changed. To avoid this trap, the text advocates adopting a stretching mindset that values and makes the most of existing resources.

The text outlines how it will cover shifting to a stretching mindset, skills for stretching, and limitations of overstretching. Stretching involves resourcefulness and making existing resources more valuable. While chasing often leads to diminishing returns, stretching can help adapt to changing circumstances.

The text uses the example of upscale Woodside, California to illustrate how the “grass is always greener” chasing mindset can take root even when one already has substantial wealth and resources. The text argues for shifting to a stretching mindset that values what we already have.

In summary, the key ideas are:

  • Chasing more resources can become counterproductive and lead to failure to adapt.
  • Adopting a stretching mindset that values existing resources can help one achieve goals and adapt to change.
  • Stretching involves resourcefully making the most of what one already has.
  • The text advocates shifting from a chasing to a stretching mindset.

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• The passage describes wealthy neighborhoods like Woodside, California where residents use excessive water to maintain green lawns despite a severe drought. Researchers found that residents keep up their green lawns mainly to keep up with neighbors, showing off their wealth and status.

• Olympic medalists who win silver often express disappointment, focusing on what they failed to achieve rather than what they accomplished. Bronze medalists who finish lower tend to be happier, concentrating on winning a medal.

• Psychologist Leon Festinger argued that people compare themselves to others to evaluate their standing. Upward social comparisons focus on what others have, making people feel inadequate and unsatisfied.

• Upward social comparisons are tied to an “escalator effect” - when people get more resources, they raise the bar even higher, constantly chasing but never satisfied. This happens even among the wealthy and successful.

• Social media makes upward social comparisons more pervasive, as people see updates about what others have and achieve.

In summary, the passage discusses how upward social comparisons and the desire to keep up with others drive people’s chasing behavior, from maintaining lawns to pursuing Olympic medals, leading to dissatisfaction even when one is otherwise well-off.

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• Social media tends to trigger upward comparisons that make people less happy. People tend to only post positive updates and accomplishments, not setbacks or everyday mundane activities. This skewed view on social media can make others feel inadequate.

• A study found that the more time people spent on Facebook, the worse they felt. This suggests the decreased happiness stems from social comparisons on the platform.

• While 78% of people used Facebook to share good news, only 36% used it to share bad news. People post their victories, not their failures.

• Chasing accomplishments can reduce our ability to be resourceful and see potential in what we have. In contrast, stretching allows us to work with untapped potential. This is illustrated through the story of MacGyver who could solve problems using unconventional tools.

• People suffer from functional fixedness, an inability to use resources beyond traditional approaches. As we age we become more tied to conventions and less able to think flexibly.

• Younger children are better able to think flexibly and use resources in non-traditional ways. As children age, experience conditions them to use resources in conventional ways.

• Organizations can also fall prey to functional fixedness, focusing narrowly on traditional approaches and missing opportunities. This is illustrated through Borders’ decision to outsource its website, ultimately leading to its demise.

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  • Randi Zuckerberg, former marketing director at Borders bookstores, saw opportunities in the emerging digital book market but the CEO focused on traditional physical books.

  • When chasing, we accumulate resources mindlessly just to have more instead of having specific goals in mind. This often leads to disappointment and overworking.

  • A study found that participants who had no limit on earning chocolate bars accumulated dramatically more than they could consume, whereas those with a limit calibrated better to their actual desires.

  • Joshua Millburn chased success and material gains his whole life but realized after personal tragedies that he was missing what truly mattered. Chasing left him unhealthy, in debt, and unhappy despite his professional success.

  • A study found that chasing career goals led to higher short-term salaries but lower long-term satisfaction. Chasing sets up unattainable aspirations that leave people perpetually disappointed compared to others.

  • is an example of a company that mindlessly chased growth, spending lavishly with little regard for profits. This led to the ultimate squandering of $300 million in funding and the company’s demise within two years.

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The text discusses how companies during the dotcom boom period in the late 1990s and early 2000s fell into a pattern of chasing excess resources like capital, engineers and office space. This “get big fast” model led many dotcom companies to ultimately fail after the boom ended.

Some companies that survived the dotcom bust did so by adopting a slower, more measured growth model. The text points out how the chasing mentality persists today in Silicon Valley, with startups spending excessively on things like office space and company perks. Companies feel pressure to outspend each other to attract the best talent.

The text argues that chasing more resources can cause companies to squander those resources. Studies show that companies with too many excess resources become less innovative and efficient. Resources are used unnecessarily simply because they are available. Companies also become complacent and continue funding poorly performing projects simply due to momentum and the need to justify the initial investment.

In summary, the text discusses how the “more is better” chasing mentality behind the dotcom boom ultimately led many companies to fail. While chasing resources can provide benefits up to a point, companies that become fixated on acquiring resources at all costs tend to squander them in the end.

  1. A stretching mindset focuses on making the most of what resources you already have rather than chasing after more. It helps you overcome the anxiety of never having enough and teaches you to make more than enough with what’s available.

  2. Psychological ownership is important for stretching. Believing you control the resources allows you to use them in creative ways.

  3. Embracing constraints can paradoxically liberate you to use resources differently. Stretchers see constraints as sparks for new uses of existing resources, while chasers try to overcome constraints by seeking more resources.

  4. Frugality, which signals lack of success for chasers, becomes a virtue for stretchers that achieves better results.

  5. Stretchers appreciate and see potential in resources that others overlook or dismiss, turning “trash into treasure.”

  6. Ethan Peters, the store manager, exemplified stretching by transforming underperforming dresses into beach cover-ups, creating a new and successful product from existing resources. His sense of psychological ownership and embrace of constraints allowed him to come up with this resourceful solution.

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The text argues that psychological ownership, rather than actual legal ownership, is key to unlocking value from resources. Psychological ownership is a feeling of possessiveness over something, even if one does not literally own it. This sense of ownership provides a “license to transform resources.”

The story of Ethan Peters, an employee at a retail store, is used as an example. Although he did not own the store, he acted like an owner by experimenting and customizing operations. This behavior led him to develop a strong sense of psychological ownership. This psychological ownership made him more satisfied in his job and improved the store’s performance.

The text then discusses how constraints can actually drive creativity and unlock value from resources. This is shown through the example of Phil Hansen, an artist with a shaky hand due to nerve damage. Rather than acquiring new resources to compensate, he embraced his limitations and found new creative ways to make art. Constraints forced him to be more inventive in his use of resources.

Research by psychologist Patricia Stokes found that constraints often separate exceptionally creative people from merely good ones. Constraints help drive “little c” creativity, which is the ability to solve practical problems and find new uses for resources. Constraints may seem restrictive at first, but they can push people to think of resources in new, more valuable ways.

In summary, the text argues that psychological ownership and an embrace of constraints - rather than the acquisition of more resources - can help people unlock hidden value from the resources they already have.

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• Constraints, especially limited money, can strip away psychological ownership and leave employees feeling a lack of autonomy and control. However, recent research finds constraints serve an important purpose.

• Studies show that scarcity, not abundance, leads to more creative uses of resources. With constraints, people become more resourceful to accomplish their work. Constraints direct us to make the best out of what we have.

• Frugality, not chasing more resources, allows us to work better with the resources we have. Bob Kierlin, founder of Fastenal, embodied frugality and promoted it within his company.

• Kierlin started the company to sell nuts and bolts through vending machines to save on labor costs. This initial idea failed but he reformulated it into a successful business model.

• Under Kierlin’s leadership, Fastenal adopted frugal policies like avoiding reimbursement for meals and requiring car travel for nearby meetings. Despite the company’s success, it maintained a modest headquarters and used creative, low-cost solutions.

• Research finds that constraints and frugality, instead of chasing more resources, can boost creativity, resourcefulness and productivity within organizations.

  1. Bob Kierlin’s frugality at Fastenal company brought benefits like a strong cash flow, investments in employees and training, and low turnover. Frugality helped generate the company’s fortunes.

  2. Frugal people emphasize long-term objectives, reuse what they have, and feel freer from social conventions. They avoid comparing themselves to others and make do with what they have.

  3. Jenny Dawson started Rubies in the Rubble company to upcycle imperfect and excess food that would otherwise go to waste. She employs underprivileged people to work in her company.

  4. Upcycling waste into products achieves the goal of reducing environmental impact. Dawson sees value in resources that others discard.

The main theme is that stretching - making the most of scarce resources - requires thinking differently. Frugality, psychological ownership, embracing constraints, and valuing waste as treasure can help foster a stretching mindset. Figures like Bob Kierlin and Jenny Dawson exemplify this approach.

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The text argues that developing a “stretching mindset” can help people make the most of the resources they already have. It uses examples of people like Ethan Peters, Phil Hansen, Bob Kierlin and Jenny Dawson to illustrate how stretching works.

The key to stretching is recognizing the untapped potential in the resources you already have and directing your energy into developing that potential. This requires shifting your mindset from seeing resources at face value to identifying ways to enhance and create value from them.

The text then draws on the theories of sociologist Anthony Giddens to explain stretching. Giddens’ structuration theory argues that social structures and individual actions shape each other reciprocally. Small actions by individuals create large structures that in turn shape individual actions. This helps explain how people like Jenny Dawson create value from “trash”.

Stretchers succeed because they see value and potential in places where others see little worth. By adopting a stretching mindset, we too can reach extraordinary potential with what we already have. The first step is getting outside of conventional thinking and perspectives to identify possibilities that others miss.

In summary, the key takeaways are: developing a stretching mindset can make the most of existing resources; structuration theory helps explain how stretching works; and getting outside of conventional thinking is the first step to stretching. The examples illustrate how stretching mindsets can translate into success and value creation.

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In 1869, Emperor Louis Napoleon III offered a prize to anyone who could come up with a cheaper alternative to butter. This innovation contest ultimately led to the invention of margarine.

Similarly, in an effort to improve recommendations, Netflix launched its own innovation contest called the Netflix Prize. The $1 million prize was awarded to the first team that could improve the recommendation accuracy by 10%.

Gavin Potter, a relative outsider with limited resources, used an unconventional approach to compete in the Netflix Prize. He reasoned that human psychology influences movie ratings, which basic recommendation models did not account for. He achieved respectable results in the contest by focusing on this psychological perspective.

While Gavin Potter only placed 17th overall, his approach helped elevate the work of the top performers. His psychology-based models incorporated into the winning team’s solution.

The key to outsiders’ success lies in the diversity of their experiences. Outsiders apply resources to problems in new ways that are invisible to domain experts with narrow experience.

While expertise is important, experts can also cultivate an outsider’s approach to achieve better results.

In summary, the story highlights how an unconventional, outsider perspective can complement and even outperform the conventional, expert-based approaches to solving complex problems.

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From a young age, we defer to experts based on their perceived authority and credentials. However, experts are not always right and their specialized knowledge can make them narrow-minded. Robert Cialdini describes a case where a doctor’s sloppy instructions led to a patient putting eardrops in the wrong ear.

Research found that experts are no better at predicting future events than average people. The only factor that separated accurate predictions from inaccurate ones was being well-rounded and drawing from multiple perspectives.

Outsiders tend to outperform experts at solving complex problems. A study of InnoCentive, a crowdsourcing platform, found that solvers in different fields were more likely to solve problems outside their area of expertise. Experts become “cognitively entrenched” in their ways of thinking.

The “Perky effect” showed that people envision mental images that prevent them from seeing actual visual stimuli. Experts similarly struggle to develop new solutions because they rely on what they already know. Outsiders lack the taken-for-granted resources of experts.

Women scientists, as outsiders, often outperformed men due to their less constrained approaches. However, groups tend to select “dream teams” of experts rather than benefit more from diverse outsider perspectives.

Outsiders gain skills from diverse experiences and connect resources across areas. The “multi-context rule” shows how outsiders see connections between distinct domains. NASA’s Hubble telescope project is cited as an example where broad perspectives were needed to succeed.

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The Hubble Space Telescope was delayed numerous times before finally launching in 1990. Upon deployment, it was discovered that the telescope’s mirror had an imperfection that distorted its images. Astronaut Story Musgrave was tasked with repairing the Hubble during a complex spacewalking mission.

Musgrave was an unlikely candidate to fix the Hubble, with a eclectic background ranging from mechanic to surgeon to pilot. However, his diverse experiences prepared him well for the mission, allowing him to approach the problem in a multifaceted way. His repair of the Hubble during multiple spacewalks was ultimately successful.

While Musgrave exemplifies the benefits of diverse experiences, known as the “multi-c rule”, increasing specialization championed by Adam Smith in “The Wealth of Nations” has reduced generalists in favor of specialists. The division of labor has lead to higher productivity but also knowledge silos.

However, research shows that executives who have diverse experiences across different jobs and industries tend to be more successful leaders. Their backgrounds give them a multi-faceted perspective that allows them to understand and connect various areas of an organization.

In summary, the text discusses how the Hubble’s launch delays and initial failure highlighted the value of Story Musgrave’s diverse background in fixing its flaws. It then contrasts the benefits of generalists like Musgrave with the tradeoffs of increasing specialization, arguing that executives with more diverse experiences tend to make better leaders.

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The text discusses the benefits of having both expertise and diverse, outsider experiences, known as the “multi-c rule.” Executives who scored high on an index of diverse experiences earned substantially higher pay than those with narrow expertise alone.

To gain outsider experiences, even as experts, the text recommends several strategies:

  1. Step outside of your familiar world. Seek diverse experiences that complicate your thinking.

  2. Make diverse resources and experiences accessible and easily retrieved. Share ideas with others.

  3. Use analogical reasoning by drawing connections between seemingly unrelated problems and experiences.

  4. Regularly test ideas and be willing to fail. Failure is often cheaper when using ideas from diverse experiences.

The text argues that outsider experiences help experts make sense of complex problems by connecting resources in new ways. While expertise is important, diverse experiences provide a fresh perspective that experts often lack.

Companies like IDEO cultivate an “outsider” mindset by embracing the 4 strategies above. Hiring managers also desire both specialized expertise and broad experiences in job candidates.

In summary, the text emphasizes that both expertise and outsider experiences, the “multi-c rule,” are valuable and complement each other. Experts should seek outsider experiences to overcome the limitations of narrow expertise.

• Robert Rodriguez made the film El Mariachi on a budget of $7,000 using limited resources and materials readily at hand, instead of the conventional Hollywood method of spending more money to get good results.

• He created opportunities from problematic situations, like using editing to make up for a gun that kept jamming during filming. He changed the story line to account for mistakes.

• When new resources popped up unexpectedly, like the coconut stand, he opportunistically incorporated them into the film rather than sticking strictly to his original script.

• Cold-calling an entertainment agent led to Rodriguez signing with a prestigious agency, even though he lacked industry experience and connections.

• Rodriguez’s resourcefulness and willingness to improvise, rather than waiting for ideal conditions, allowed him to create a successful film using limited means. It shows that high budgets and conventional methods are not always needed to achieve good results.

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Robert Rodriguez is an independent filmmaker who made his debut film “El Mariachi” with very limited resources. Columbia Pictures purchased the film for $500,000.

Columbia initially considered remaking “El Mariachi” with a bigger budget and crew. However, they realized Rodriguez’s creative style came from working resourcefully with limited means.

The film grossed $2 million, helping advance Rodriguez’s career. He went on to make more films on his own terms, using creativity and improvisation rather than big budgets.

The text argues that planning, while useful, can also prevent action and hinder creativity. It cites General George McClellan during the Civil War as an example of how excessive planning delayed action and opportunities.

While planning with ample resources can be effective, plans often rely on assumptions that become outdated before action is taken. This causes delays and leads organizations or individuals to act on plans that no longer fit reality.

The key trade-off is between speed and accuracy. When quick action is needed, planning may be limited but creativity and improvisation can help make the most of available resources in the moment.

Rodriguez’s approach shows how acting with the resources you have, not the resources you think you need, can empower you to make progress towards your goals while having more enjoyment along the way.

In summary, the text advocates for taking action with the resources you have and relying more on improvisation and stretching, arguing this can be more effective than excessive planning that is based on unrealistic assumptions. Rodriguez’s story provides an example of this approach in practice.

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The text argues that acting quickly and decisively can often be more effective than detailed planning. Researchers have found that businesses that make quick decisions, relying on real-time information, tend to outperform those that spend a lot of time planning.

The key reason is that acting and learning from experience helps organizations adapt quickly. Detailed planning can become a barrier to action and limit flexibility and responsiveness to changing conditions. Acting provides an opportunity to learn and improve.

The story of Hungarian soldiers who used the wrong map but still navigated their way home illustrates how “any old map will do” when it provides a catalyst for action.

The “Just Do It” slogan created by Dan Wieden for Nike tapped into people’s desire to act and move forward, rather than overplanning.

The text discusses regulatory modes - acting vs planning modes. People in the acting mode simply take action and move forward, while those in the planning mode seek the optimal solution through thorough analysis.

Research found that people in the acting mode, who were more intrinsically motivated by their work, tended to put in more effort and were more likely to achieve their goals. In contrast, those in the planning mode were more extrinsically motivated and calculative.

In summary, acting quickly and decisively, rather than overplanning, often enables organizations and individuals to adapt, learn and ultimately perform better.

• Reward and planning focused approaches can limit effort and problem-solving. Constantly worrying about following the plan or reconsidering the best plan breeds anxiety and stifles action.

• Sometimes an adequate plan is good enough. Robert Rodriguez did not wait for the perfect conditions before making his first film, he just started. We should follow this by just diving in and “directing” our projects.

• Navigational planning works well when information and time are ample. But when information is limited or changing, an action-oriented approach like the Trukese sailors can work better.

• Shifting between planning and action modes is easy. Simply recalling times when you adopted either mode can put you in that frame of mind.

• Not setting a speaking order improves conversations. People with the most relevant information can speak at the right time, making best use of group resources.

• While preparing to speak, we stop listening to others. It takes time after speaking to shift back to listening mode, missing valuable reactions.

• Forcing ourselves to act without planning makes us better listeners, which leads to better performance.

The key message is that while planning has its place, sometimes taking action without an elaborate plan can make us more effective by improving our listening, observation and real-time adjustment. Focus should shift between planning and action as needed.

• Viola Spolin developed theater games and improv techniques to teach acting skills. Her initial goal was to help children from impoverished backgrounds build confidence and skills.

• Her son Paul Sills cofounded The Second City, a prominent improv comedy troupe that launched the careers of many famous comics. This spread Spolin’s techniques to a wider audience.

• Del Close, a disciple of Spolin, taught improv at Second City and Saturday Night Live. He advocated “Yes, and” as a way for performers to build positively on each other’s ideas.

• Playing “Yes, and” games teaches players the importance of listening. Success comes from reacting to others, not planning. This allows them to create something new.

• Following a script, like in traditional theater, limits possibilities. But improvising allows people to bridge the familiar with the unusual.

• Improvising, like what Dr. Wallace had to do during the in-flight surgery, requires acting quickly and transforming the situation.

• Organizations tend to favor a “symphony” approach of planning, but to adapt to constant change, they also need a “jazz” approach of improvising.

The overall message is that improvising, though challenging, allows people to listen, adapt and create innovative solutions when dealing with unusual situations. Planning has its limits without the ability to deviate from plans when needed.

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In the late 1800s, a horse named Hans amazed audiences with his apparent intellectual abilities like solving math problems and telling time. However, after thorough investigation, researchers discovered that Hans was responding to subtle cues and body language from his owner rather than actually performing complex calculations.

This story highlights how expectations can become self-fulfilling prophecies. If people believe a situation is real, they act accordingly and create real consequences that change the future. Research has shown that students perform better when teachers have high expectations of them and worse when teachers have low expectations. Positive expectations and beliefs can enhance performance, relationships, opportunities and life goals. Therefore, it is important to reflect on the expectations we set not just for ourselves but also for others.

In summary, expectations have significant power. They shape our behavior, performance and prospects in meaningful ways. Having the right expectations - both for ourselves and others - can become positive self-fulfilling prophecies that enrich our lives.

  1. Expectations can become self-fulfilling prophecies that impact performance. The study with teachers and “gifted” students showed that even though the students were randomly selected, the teachers’ high expectations caused the students to perform better.

  2. The Pygmalion effect shows that high expectations can enhance performance. People tend to live up to or down to the expectations others have of them.

  3. First impressions and blind dates are shaped by expectations before two people even meet. Jack’s positive expectations of Dianne based on her photo caused Dianne to behave in a more attractive way during their phone call.

  4. In job interviews, recruiters’ expectations before meeting candidates impacted how they conducted the interview in a positive way and caused candidates to perform better. The candidates fulfilled the recruiters’ initial expectations.

The key takeaway is that expectations have a powerful impact on performance and relationships. People tend to behave in ways that fulfill the expectations others have of them, for better or for worse. High expectations can spark a virtuous cycle that enhances performance, while low expectations can become self-fulfilling prophecies of underperformance.

  1. People tend to perform according to the expectations of those in authority over them, like teachers, managers, etc. Likewise, when we are in positions of authority, we can help others by setting high expectations.

  2. Our own expectations can also elevate or limit us. Madame C.J. Walker overcame low expectations of her and created opportunities through changing her own mindset.

  3. Challenges can be viewed as opportunities or threats. Viewing them as threats can be limiting, while seeing them as opportunities allows us to leverage our resources in new ways.

  4. When setting expectations for ourselves, it’s important to anchor them to our purposes and values, not just financial goals. Alex Turnbull turned down a $12 million acquisition offer for his company because it did not align with his goals of building a meaningful and sustainable long-term business.

In summary, the key takeaway is that our own expectations, mindsets and purposes play an important role in shaping how we rise to challenges and opportunities. Setting realistic but ambitious self-expectations anchored to our values can help us accomplish great things.

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The entrepreneur Alex Turnbull faced serious resource constraints, making it difficult to hire high-quality engineers. Large tech companies offered higher pay and status, so Alex tried to appeal to potential hires with impact, autonomy, flexible work, and culture. He recruited employees based on fit rather than price to attract loyal workers.

Though Alex’s business grew, he valued the flexibility to spend time with his new child and enjoy his work without pressure from investors. Making sure expectations match one’s values ensures a good outcome.

The text then discusses the dangers of low expectations. In the past, “dunce caps” were used to shame misbehaving students, but this often backfired by fulfilling the low expectations placed on the students. In general, low expectations tend to become self-fulfilling prophecies. We often expect the worst from others based on limited information, attributing their failures to internal factors and successes to external factors. This negatively impacts organizational change efforts, where expecting resistance can actually cause resistance.

To avoid setting low expectations for others, we must “beautify their heads” instead of putting “dunce caps” on them. However, sometimes we set low expectations for ourselves by being overly critical. Even people who work to make a positive impact can undermine themselves with self-doubt.

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  • Entrepreneurs face resource constraints that impact hiring and strategy
  • Matching expectations to one’s values leads to better outcomes
  • Setting low expectations for others often becomes self-fulfilling
  • Expecting resistance can cause the very resistance we seek to avoid
  • We sometimes set low expectations for ourselves through self-criticism

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The passage discusses how making unlikely combinations can lead to success. It uses the example of Roy Choi, a Korean-American chef who blended Korean and Mexican cuisine by creating Korean beef tacos. He served these through his gourmet food truck business Kogi, which transformed the food truck industry.

The passage then argues that competition and friendship is an unlikely combination that can be beneficial. While most people see competition as a zero-sum game where one must defeat opponents, the passage claims that for “stretchers” - those who do more with less - resources are seen as flexible so fighting over them is counterproductive.

The passage discusses a study showing that participants instructed to cooperate and make money collectively were more able to come up with creative solutions compared to those told to view their partner as a competitor.

In contrast to the view of treating competitors as enemies, the passage found that food truck owners saw other food trucks as both competitors and friends. This combination of competition and friendship seemed to benefit their success and enjoyment of the work.

In summary, the key idea is that making unlikely combinations - like competition and friendship, routine work and creativity, or personal and professional identities - can lead to remarkable outcomes and richer experiences.

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To understand how competition doesn’t need to turn into an unavoidable fight over resources, it requires understanding how competition and friendship can peacefully coexist. Social contact between competitors through things like food swapping can foster familiarity and liking which softens competition. This allows competitors to develop personal and beneficial relationships they wouldn’t expect. Friendships between competitors can actually boost performance by sparking collaboration, sharing knowledge, and mitigating cutthroat competition. Putting competing teams in the same room where they can exchange things can go a long way to forming productive relationships between unlikely partners.

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  1. Social contact between competitors can foster familiarity and friendship through things like food swapping.

  2. Friendships between competitors can boost performance by enabling collaboration, knowledge sharing, and mitigating excessive competition.

  3. Putting competing teams in the same room where they can interact and exchange things can help form productive relationships.

  4. Understanding how competition and friendship can coexist allows competition to be beneficial rather than destructive.

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  1. Routines are not just abstract mental scripts but specific actions performed by specific people at specific times. Even though we follow the same routine, our deviations make each time unique. These deviations, intentional or accidental, can have a significant impact.

  2. Even seemingly straightforward jobs involve unexpected challenges that require adaptability and creativity. People performing routines often diverge from them in resourceful ways to meet their objectives.

  3. Our multiple identities, like artist and secretary, can inspire creative solutions when combined. Bette Nesmith Graham drew from her identities as an artist and secretary to create Liquid Paper.

  4. We tend to segment our identities, activating only the part that matches our surroundings. Integrating our identities could help us see problems in new ways.

  5. Combining professional and parental identities can provide benefits at work, developing skills like patience and perspective. Research shows that people with diverse roles experience greater life satisfaction and sharper managerial skills.

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The text argues that skills learned at work can be applied to improve our personal lives. An example is using performance reviews at work to facilitate communication within a relationship. A research study found that couples who completed a “marital checkup” showed improved satisfaction and intimacy.

The text uses the example of Neville Williams who brought electricity to impoverished communities in sustainable ways. He realized economic development and environmental sustainability could go hand in hand.

The text discusses two approaches to apparent trade-offs: bucketing and mixing. Bucketing treats opposing sides as separate, while mixing seeks synergies between sides. Three steps can help mix trade-offs: accepting competing demands, recognizing the value of each side, and finding synergies between sides.

Overcoming trade-offs often takes time. The example of Charles Goodyear is given, who spent years working to mix the right chemicals with rubber to improve its qualities.

In summary, the key ideas are that skills learned at work can benefit our personal lives, apparent trade-offs can actually have synergies when viewed differently, and mixing opposing sides often requires perseverance.

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Edward Wedbush built a multibillion-dollar investment firm through frugality and cost controls. Coming from the Great Depression era, he avoided excessive debt and expenses even as his wealth grew. However, his obsession with costs took him too far at times. He lived in a dilapidated, mold-infested house and his firm was fined multiple times for lax oversight and withholding employees’ pay. Regulators temporarily suspended Wedbush, citing a failure to adequately disclose information and dedicate sufficient resources.

While frugality and cost controls helped Wedbush build his business, it turned into cheapskate tendencies that harmed his company and personal life. Overstretching resources can lead people to take frugality too far, becoming cheap and obsessive at the expense of quality, reputation and relationships.

In summary, stretching one’s resources can go too far and turn into unhealthy cheapskate behaviors that damage organizations, people’s lives and wellbeing. Moderation and balance are important to avoid this type of injury from overstretching.

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The text discusses the difference between being frugal versus being a cheapskate and argues that overstretching can lead to wandering aimlessly.

The key difference between frugal people and cheapskates is that frugal people do not experience psychological pain from spending money. They derive pleasure from saving money itself, not just the ends.

Having diverse experiences can bring benefits like developing new skills and gaining different perspectives. However, diversifying too quickly without first establishing a core identity leads to wandering aimlessly.

The text recommends moving incrementally into somewhat different areas from one’s core focus to gain diverse experiences without wandering. Over time, these incremental moves can add up to a varied portfolio. This incremental diversification tends to result in winning more opportunities compared to both specializing too narrowly and diversifying erratically.

In summary, the text argues that balancing frugality and risk management requires establishing a coherent core identity first before diversifying experiences in an intentional, step-by-step manner to avoid either becoming a cheapskate or wandering aimlessly.

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• The author argues that gradually diversifying work experience through new jobs or moving to new cities can enable people to be more creative and get promotions faster. However, wandering too frequently can disrupt important relationships and reduce wellbeing, especially for introverts.

• A study found that while extroverts benefited from moving frequently, introverts struggled to form new relationships and experienced lower life satisfaction and psychological wellbeing. Introverted people who moved a lot as children also had a higher risk of death.

• The author cites the example of Ronald Wayne, a co-founder of Apple, who left the company shortly after it started. Though he helped establish Apple, he ended up benefiting little as he “floated on to his next venture” while Apple grew into a tech giant.

• The text also discusses Ron Johnson, who quickly introduced major changes upon joining JC Penney but failed to consider customer feedback or pilot test his ideas first. Johnson’s instinct-driven approach led to plummeting sales and customer dissatisfaction.

The key takeaways are that while diversifying experiences can be beneficial, wandering aimlessly and leaping into major changes without proper learning and testing can prove costly. Both balance and consideration of existing relationships are important for maximizing the benefits of diversifying work.

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Ron Johnson’s overhaul of JC Penney failed because he had a fundamental misunderstanding of the retailer’s customers. Customers enjoyed hunting for bargains and sales, which Johnson got rid of in favor of fair pricing.

Investor Bill Ackman said one big mistake was too much change too quickly without proper testing. Johnson jumped into a new direction without learning from past mistakes.

Experts Kahneman and Klein say the key to acting quickly is to have a learning focus. Rodriguez approached filmmaking as an inexpensive experiment to learn from.

Strategy scholars Miller and Ireland recommend a “fast-feedback, slow-learning” approach - act quickly but learn from actions. They also say to avoid big bets that would be catastrophic if they fail. For Johnson, changing JC Penney’s entire pricing model was a bet-the-company move.

High expectations can create positive prophecies if people believe they are capable of living up to them. But high expectations can also create performance pressure that distracts people, like Ryan Leaf who struggled under the expectations of the Chargers.

For expectations to create positive prophecies, the person must believe in those expectations. Otherwise, they only create performance pressure without the benefits of shaping a person’s own expectations.

In summary, Johnson failed to learn from his actions quickly enough at JC Penney and made a bet that was too big. High expectations only work if a person internalizes them, otherwise they only create pressure.

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The text discusses the challenges of creating successful combinations or mixtures. It argues that successful mixtures require balancing novelty and usefulness. The Gerber Singles product is given as an example of an unsuccessful mixture. While the idea of adult meals packaged in baby food jars was novel, it was not very useful and customers were turned off by the packaging and name.

The text mentions that novel ideas tend to come from an intrinsic motivation to learn and experiment with new combinations, while useful ideas focus more on performance and what will appeal to others.

A study is described where participants were given resources and asked to design a usable product. Participants instructed to focus on learning tended to create more novel products while those focused on performing generated more useful products.

In conclusion, the text argues that creating successful mixtures requires balancing novelty, which comes from an intrinsic motivation to learn and experiment, and usefulness, which focuses on performance and meeting the needs of others. Getting this balance right can be challenging.

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  1. Simply scaring or motivating people is often not enough to change their behaviors. Providing specific instructions and resources can make a big difference. In the tetanus vaccine study, giving students a map to the health clinic increased vaccination rates much more than fear tactics alone.

  2. The author proposes 12 “exercises” or practices to help readers move from chasing more resources to stretching existing resources.

  3. The first exercise is to “just say no” to more resources. Saying no can help us be more creative with what we already have, as in the example of Dr. Seuss writing “Green Eggs and Ham” using only 50 words.

  4. The second exercise is to “find a sleeping beauty” - an underutilized resource that could be awakened by revitalizing or discovering new uses for it. This is likened to the princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty who slumbers until awakened.

In summary, the key idea is that providing tangible next steps and practices, rather than just motivation, can enable people to actually change their chasing behaviors and start stretching existing resources. The author proposes a series of “exercises” as initial practices to help readers make this transition.

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A lot of resources lie dormant and unused, whether personal skills, knowledge, products or equipment. Awakening these dormant resources can help solve new problems and pursue opportunities.

To find dormant resources, ask: What have I shelved or forgotten for years? An outsider’s perspective can help revive dormant resources.

Embracing new experiences and diverse perspectives, like the “multi-c rule”, can make our bag of experiences more useful. We can read different material, spend time with people from different industries, or explore new hobbies.

Taking breaks and paying less attention can actually enhance creativity. Mindless work can help our minds wander and make new connections. Giving overworked people more mindless work between difficult tasks can recharge them and produce better outcomes.

In summary, dormant resources, new experiences and paying less attention at times can help develop fresh perspectives and uncover novel solutions.

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The text advocates for avoiding the chase and pursuing a more balanced life through various exercises. It discusses the following exercises:

  1. Take a mental break: Take time away from your work emails and projects to allow new ideas to flow, such as going for a walk. This frees the mind to wander and come up with novel solutions.

  2. Go on the clock: Set strict working hour limits, even after work hours, to provide structure and mandatory breaks. This allows the mind to wander and be more creative.

  3. Pick new neighbors: Spend time with people who avoid the chase and live more balanced lives. This can shape your own behavior to be less materialistic and focused on positional goods. Even spending an hour a month with a ‘stretcher’ can make an impact.

  4. Appreciate what you have: Regularly express gratitude for things in life, even mundane things. This makes you more patient and focused on the future, less tempted by short-term gains.

  5. Shop your closet: Reduce your wardrobe to only essential items for a period of time. This frees up mental space and gives new life to the items you already have.

In summary, the exercises aim to break free from the chase through techniques like mental breaks, simple changes to daily routines, spending time with different people, and expressing gratitude. The goal is to pursue a more balanced, satisfying life.

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We can practice frugality by using the resources we already have. Following the examples of Courtney Carver, Lauri Ward, and Marie Kondo, we can:

• Shop our existing closets instead of buying new clothes.

• Utilize the existing skills and talents of our colleagues instead of hiring more people.

• Repurpose existing items around the home rather than buying new things.

Often, inventions come from taking existing products and finding new uses for them. Play-Doh, the corkscrew, and Pyrex glass were all invented this way.

The text then provides strategies for utilizing what we already have:

• Plan backward - Act first and plan afterward. Reflect on your actions to form a “backward-looking plan.”

• “Scramble the back row” - Make small changes to routines to spur creativity and fresh perspectives.

• Make midyear resolutions in addition to or instead of New Year’s resolutions.

• Use Anthony McCaffrey’s technique - Break down resources into their smallest components to uncover novel uses. Ask: (1) Can it be broken down further? and (2) Does the part imply a use?

In summary, we are encouraged to utilize existing resources, skills and routines creatively rather than always seeking out something new. Small changes and new perspectives can unlock innovative solutions.

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e. Reduce it to interwoven fibrous strands, and you’ll start to see lots of different uses for it.

McCaffrey’s two-part technique trains people to find novel solutions to resource-constrained challenges. In one challenge, participants were asked to fasten two steel rings using only a candle, match, and small cube of steel. Participants using McCaffrey’s technique were able to solve the challenge by recognizing that the candle wick reduces down to a string, which can tie the rings together. This technique improved their performance by 67.4% compared to those without the training.

The excerpt goes on to give examples of how people have found treasure in trash by using resources in novel ways:

  • Jenny Dawson turned blighted produce into artisanal food, launching a successful business.

  • Tom Szaky started a fertilizer company using worm poop packaged in Coke bottles, which grew into a multimillion-dollar business repurposing waste.

  • At GM, John Bradburn leads initiatives that turn waste materials like paint sludge and used tires into useful parts and products.

  • After a hurricane devastated hotels in Los Cabos, Mexico, a hotel GM had his idle staff become construction workers to quickly rebuild the hotel, retaining valuable employees in the process.

The passage encourages finding unexpected benefits in experiences through keeping a “benefits diary” to help see resources in a new light and turn them into “treasure.”

In summary, the key ideas are finding novel uses for resources by reducing them to their core components, seeing value in trash or waste materials, and gaining a new perspective that reveals unexpected benefits. These techniques can help uncover treasure from what you already have.

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The text describes the story of two breweries - Yuengling, owned by Richard Yuengling Jr., and Stroh’s, owned by the Stroh family. It illustrates how Yuengling thrived in the face of constraints while Stroh’s struggled.

Yuengling has been family owned and operated for over 185 years. Richard Yuengling Jr. takes pride in being economical and adapting to changes. The constraints and limitations have motivated Yuengling to innovate and make good use of the resources they have. As a result, Yuengling has grown to become the largest American-owned brewery.

In contrast, the Stroh family saw constraints as limiting their growth ambitions. They chased growth aggressively and tried to compete with major players. However, their outdated facilities and infrastructure could not keep up. They eventually lost control of their business and most of their fortune.

The text argues that constraints and limitations can motivate creativity and resourcefulness, a concept known as “bricolage”. Yuengling exemplifies this by thriving within their constraints, while Stroh’s struggled when pursuing growth without limitations. Constraints shape how organizations approach opportunities and use available resources.

In summary, the contrast between Yuengling and Stroh’s highlights how constraints can motivate organizations to innovate and create value, rather than limit their potential. The ability to “stretch” resources through bricolage is what enabled Yuengling’s success within constraints.

Here is a summary of the key points regarding tools around chasing and the grass is greener effect:

  • The grass is greener effect refers to the tendency for people to believe things are better elsewhere than in their own situation. This can lead people to chase after things they imagine will make them happier or more successful.

  • Research finds that silver medalists in the Olympics are often less happy than bronze medalists, due to counterfactual thinking about what could have been. This illustrates the grass is greener effect in action.

  • People compare themselves to others to gauge their own self-worth and status. This social comparison can trigger the grass is greener effect.

  • Chasing after what we think we want, rather than being grateful for what we have, can lead to functional fixedness and difficulties solving problems creatively with our existing resources.

  • Chasing money, status, and material things often fails to result in lasting happiness and satisfaction. Studies show life satisfaction plateaus after people earn enough to meet basic needs.

  • When organizations have too many spare resources, they become less likely to improve and fall into traps of escalating commitment to unwise courses of action.

  • Stories are shared of people who turned things around by abandoning chasing and adopting more minimalist or meaningful lifestyles focused on gratitude for what they had.

The key takeaway is that while the grass may seem greener elsewhere, chasing after more resources and status often fails to result in the happiness we expect. Instead, focusing on gratitude for what we have and solving problems creatively with existing resources may lead to greater fulfillment.

Here is a 225-word summary of “American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn” by Ted Steinberg:

The book examines America’s obsession with having the greenest, most perfectly manicured lawns. Steinberg traces the roots of this obsession back to the 19th century when having an attractive lawn became a status symbol among the wealthy. Lawn care companies sprung up promoting chemical fertilizers and pesticides as the key to achieving that perfect green lawn.

As the suburbs expanded rapidly in the mid-20th century, the perfect green lawn became a symbol of upward mobility and community pride for the new middle class. Neighborhoods created bylaws regulating the length of grass and imposing fines for weeds and bare spots. Homeowner associations prescribed lawn care regimens that residents were forced to follow. The ideal lawn came to represent morality, community cleanliness, property values, and even patriotism.

However, the chemicals required to maintain manicured lawns come at costs to the environment and human health. Fertilizer runoff feeding algae blooms and pesticides entering groundwater imperil the larger ecosystem. The book argues that Americans should rethink their relationship with lawns and nature, embracing more sustainable practices that have less impact on the environment. Instead of seeking unachievable ideals of perfection, Americans could value lawns for their ability to provide habitat for wildlife, absorb carbon, and create community spaces.

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  1. Acting first, before inspiration comes, is often necessary to drive creativity and innovation. Robert Rodriguez, a famous film director, speaks of “acting first before inspiration.”

  2. Extensive planning can actually be detrimental and delay action. Rodriguez talks about “working with what you got” and making do with limited resources.

  3. During the Civil War, General George McClellan planned extensively but was slow to act, frustrating President Lincoln. Lincoln remarked that McClellan “does not want to use the Army for fighting.”

  4. Extensive planning does not always correlate with better performance. Several studies have found only a modest relationship between planning and organizational success.

  5. Taking action, even imperfect action, can generate learning and insight that inspires future progress. Rodriguez’s first low-budget film allowed him to acquire the skills and experience to become a “Hollywood player.”

In summary, the passage argues that acting first and taking imperfect action is often necessary for creativity, while excessive planning can delay real progress. Taking steps forward, even small ones, provides valuable insight and learning that can then inspire future progress.

Here is a summary of the trade-offs discussed in the article:

• Fast decisions can provide an organization with an advantage in a dynamic environment. However, they also carry a higher risk of being wrong due to limited information gathering and analysis.

• Making fast decisions requires effective interpretation of ambiguous and unclear information. While this can enable swift action, it can also lead to misinterpretations and faulty decisions.

• Rapid decisions often rely more on heuristics and intuition rather than thorough analysis. This can be advantageous for speed but increases the chances of cognitive biases and errors.

• Loose decision-making processes and less bureaucracy facilitate faster decisions. However, they can also reduce control and coordination within an organization.

In sum, fast decision-making enables organizations to respond quickly to changing environments but comes at the potential cost of lower quality decisions due to insufficient information, analysis and coordination. There are trade-offs between decision speed and decision quality that organizations must manage based on their specific strategic needs and circumstances.

• Food trucks became popularized in the 2000s, starting with chef Roy Choi’s Kogi BBQ taco truck in Los Angeles. • Competition can initially spur creativity and innovation, but too much competition can hinder creativity and cooperation. • Studies show that contact and interaction with competitors can help reduce tensions and build relationships. • Routines and habits are needed to maintain operations but can also inhibit innovation and change. Minor disruptions to routines can spark creativity. • Being able to draw from different identities, domains, and experiences can help generate creative solutions. Organizations tend to discourage mixing of personal and professional identities, but integrating them can provide benefits. • Overemphasizing positives can harm performance, as illustrated by the example of injuries at Edward Wedbush’s high school. Even beneficial things can have negative effects in excess.

The key takeaways are that limited competition, contact with competitors, disruption of routines, integration of identities, and avoiding too much of a good thing can all benefit innovation and performance, though moderation is important. Simply focusing on increasing positives is not always the best approach.

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• The text discusses habits of frugal and cheap people. Frugals are simply careful spenders while cheap people are pained by spending money.

• Ronald Wayne, an early Apple co-founder, displayed frugal tendencies when he asked for a 10% stake in the company in exchange for $800. Though his shares would be worth billions today, his main legacy was founding the company.

• Sylvester Stallone gained longevity in his acting career by branching out of action films, demonstrating the value of diverse experiences. However, excessive job switching can disrupt social connections and health.

• Ron Johnson, an early Apple retail executive, attempted to apply his Apple approaches to turnaround JC Penney but failed. His issue was relying too heavily on intuition without sufficient market testing and feedback.

• The text argues that incremental progress through “small wins” is more effective than aiming for radical breakthroughs. It cites examples of marginally successful products like Gerber Singles baby food and an oddly specific Japanese TV show called “I Live Alone.”

• Creativity comes from being intrinsically motivated by learning and experimenting rather than external goals. People tend to generate more novel ideas when familiar with existing concepts.

Here is a summary of “Activating Creativity: The Effects of Sequential and Simultaneous Learning and Performance Achievement Goals on Product Novelty and Usefulness,” Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 127 (2015): 53–65:

The study investigated the effects of two types of goal-setting, performance and learning, on creativity. Participants were assigned either performance or learning goals and sequential or simultaneous tasks. They were then asked to come up with ideas for student services at their university.

The results showed that sequential tasks with learning goals led to the most novel ideas. However, simultaneous tasks with performance goals led to the most useful ideas. The researchers concluded that it’s critical to mix both goals and task structures to maximize creativity. Performance goals focused people on practicality and accuracy, while learning goals encouraged exploration and risk-taking. Sequential tasks allowed for thorough analysis, while simultaneous tasks promoted broader thinking.

In summary, to boost creativity, organizations should design tasks that incorporate both sequential and simultaneous elements, and set a mix of performance and learning goals. This balance will produce outputs that are both novel and useful.

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• Outsiders can bring diverse experiences and fresh perspectives that experts lack. Their breadth of knowledge helps them outperform experts in some situations.

• Having multiple interests and exposure to different fields can provide insights and connections that benefit your work.

• Psychological ownership of resources makes them feel more abundant and valuable. This can foster creativity, engagement, and satisfaction.

• Positive expectations about ourselves and others can become self-fulfilling prophecies that unleash untapped potential.

• Acting without extensive planning can prompt discoveries and adjustments that improve outcomes. But planning also has benefits, so balancing the two approaches is important.

• Mixing unlikely combinations, like combining elements from different industries, can generate novel ideas and innovations. But some combinations should be avoided.

• Stretching our resources by making the most of what we have can benefit us more than constantly chasing and acquiring more. But overstretching resources can cause problems if we leap without learning or make toxic mixtures.

• Shifting our mindset to see potential in overlooked resources, igniting positive prophecies, and scrambling routines can help us stretch further with what we already have.

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eer, 2, 5–7: A factory in Tampa, Florida experienced difficulty maintaining productivity due to a high employee turnover rate. However, after instituting an “ownership” program, productivity increased as employees started to view the factory as their own.

structuration theory, 65: This theory discusses how social structures shape human actions and interactions, and in turn how human actions and interactions reshape social structures.

study buddy, 207: No summary provided.

success, blinded by, 16–17: The passage discusses how success can make people overlook potential opportunities for growth and improvement, causing them to rest on their laurels and become blinded by their success.

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Here is a summary of the chances of death for extroverts based on the information provided:

There is no conclusive evidence presented that suggests extroverts have a higher or lower chance of death compared to introverts. The information discusses:

  1. A study by Baumeister finding that visiting teams in NBA semifinal and championship games perform better on free throws compared to home teams, suggesting that crowds do not negatively impact extroverted visiting players as much as expected. However, this study does not directly compare extroverts to introverts.

  2. A word recall experiment where participants were asked to remember new versus repeated words. Participants’ performance did not change across different groups for new words, possibly because they had not encountered them before. This experiment also does not directly compare extroverts to introverts.

In summary, while the information discusses some studies related to social performance, it does not provide any evidence that specifically links extroversion to a higher or lower chance of death. No conclusions can be drawn from the summarized studies about the chances of death for extroverts.

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