Friction with Bob Sutton

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Season 1 | Episode 11

Five Ways to Reduce Workplace Friction

10 min | August 23, 2017

For our wrap-up of FRICTION, Stanford Engineering’s Bob Sutton returns to the premise of the podcast - work doesn’t have to suck - and shares his top five takeaways from all the lively and frequently raw discussions he’s had over the summer with fellow experts on management, organizational behavior and other aspects of today’s work environment. A professor of management science and engineering, Sutton signs off by asking listeners for answers to two questions about friction that still haunt him. Here’s your chance to nail a simple test by a tenured Stanford professor and bestselling author.

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Work doesn't have to suck. Stanford Engineering Professor Bob Sutton is on a mission to understand friction, that phenomenon that frustrates employees, fatigues teams, and causes organizations to flounder and fail. Loaded with raw and hilarious stories of bureaucratic brilliance, madness, and idiotic inertia, FRICTION unveils powerful tactics to improve the way we work. Listen up as Bob and his guests laugh in the face of petty tyrants, worst practices, and misguided incentives while distilling evidenced-based insights. Guests include Silicon Valley experts Kim Scott and Michael Dearing and academic leaders from Stanford University and beyond. FRICTION is a Stanford eCorner original series.