Scott Sonenshein Speaker

Scott Sonenshein

Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice University, author of STRETCH and co-author of Joy at Work with Marie Kondo

Scott Sonenshein: Biography highlights

Scott Sonenshein is the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice University and the bestselling author of Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less – And Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined (2017). His latest book, co-authored with Marie Kondo, is Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life (April 2020).

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Scott Sonenshein’s background

His award winning research, teaching, and speaking 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 Doctorate in organizational behavior from the University of Michigan, a Masters of Philosophy in management studies from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of the Arts degree from the University of Virginia. His research appears in the very top academic journals and has contributed to several topics in management and psychology, including change, creativity, personal growth, social issues, decision making, and influence. Scott sits on five distinguished editorial boards and is a former associate editor of his field’s top publication, the Academy of Management Journal.

Scott also worked as a strategy consultant for companies such as Microsoft and AT&T and lived the rise and fall of the dotcom boom while working for a Silicon Valley startup. He serves on the External Advisory Board of McKinsey & Company’s implementation practice.

Scott has 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 most major newspapers.



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1/4 videos
Introduction to Stretch
Introduction to Stretch
The Opportunities from Constraints
The Opportunities from Constraints
Scott Visits Louisville to Discuss Stretch
Scott Visits Louisville to Discuss Stretch
"Stretch" explains how to achieve more with less
"Stretch" explains how to achieve more with less
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Scott Sonenshein brings a perfect mix of book smarts, clarity, and charm to engage and inform his audience on the fascinating complexities of human behavior in the workplace. His talk and subsequent Q&A session at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center lasted one hour, felt like only 10 minutes, and left all of us wanting him to continue. We all learned something we could use that very afternoon!'

Darrow Zeidenstein
SVP-Development and Chief Development Officer
Good to Great and Built to Last

Praise for Stretch: 'I always appreciate a book that challenges me, forces me to think, and creates constructive discomfort. I am thankful for the chance to grow from reading [t]his work.'

Jim Collins
best-selling author

'As an early digital disrupter of the blinds industry, we know about the necessity of stretching. So Scott's presentation at our Leadership Development Day not only resonated, but did so in a powerful and fresh way that motivated us to do even more.'

Jay Steinfeld
Founder and CEO
University of Pennsylvania

Praise for Stretch: '[A] fascinating debut book... Get ready to unleash your inner MacGyver. Scott Sonenshein is a gifted thinker whose insights have sharpened my work for over a decade.'

Adam Grant
The Wharton School

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