FRICTION with Bob Sutton

24 EpisodesProduced by Stanford eCorner

Part organizational design. Part therapy. Organizational psychologist and Stanford Professor Bob Sutton is back to tackle friction, the phenomenon that frustrates employees, fatigues teams and causes organizations to flounder and fail. Loaded with raw stories of time pressure, courage under ridiculo… read more

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Sweet Rejection: Cutting Out the Noise

July 11th, 2018

You don’t need as many ideas as you think you do. In this episode, Stanford Professor Bob Sutton and Henning Piezunka, assistant professor at the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD), debunk …

Over, Under, Through: Fixing Government Friction

July 4th, 2018

Can you dampen friction in the bureaucracy-laden, ego-filled halls of the United States government? Yes-- you can, says Jennifer Anastasoff. As head of people for the United States Digital Service (USDS), a non-partisan …

The Customers Made Us Scale It

June 27th, 2018

Many companies likes to think they’re practicing design thinking, but most of them are wrong. Sam Yen, former Chief Design Officer of SAP and now Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase & Company, speaks with Stanford …

Productive Paranoia: Lights, Camera...Anxiety!

June 20th, 2018

If your stunt coordinator falls asleep in an important meeting, you can expect trouble later, says Hollywood executive producer Sheri Singer. In this …

Agile on the Edges: Managing Misfits

June 13th, 2018

To create a culture of innovation inside a large organization, leaders need to help their organizations become bimodal, says Michael Arena, chief …

The Spreadsheet Troll: Tales of Silos and Scaling

June 6th, 2018

When companies get big, they stop innovating. In this episode, Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, talks with Stanford Professor Bob Sutton about ways to fight back against the sluggishness of scale. If you really …

Tenacious Compassion: Leading Through the Storm

May 30th, 2018

The best leaders cultivate empathy, patience and an awareness of their own vulnerabilities, says Nancy F. Koehn, a historian at the Harvard Business …

FRICTION Season 2: Coming Soon

May 23rd, 2018

Stanford Engineering Professor Bob Sutton is back at it to find the causes and cures for dysfunctional organizational friction. Part organizational design, part therapy, season two of the FRICTION podcast dives into …

Agile is a State of Being

June 19th, 2017

Friction is the force that stands in the way of getting things done, and it’s everywhere because we work in an increasingly complex and collaborative …

Don't Sugar Coat Your Culture

June 28th, 2017

Startups may want to downplay the free food, beer and haircuts and start hiring and treating workers like the adults they need to thrive long term, …
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