24 episodes

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 ridiculous odds and emotional processing, FRICTION distills research insights and practical tactics to improve the way we work. Listen up as we take you into the friction and velocity of producing made-for-TV movies, scaling up design thinking, leading through crisis and more. Guests include Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn, Eric Ries of Lean Startup fame, and restaurateurs Craig and Annie Stoll; as well as academic leaders from Stanford University and beyond. FRICTION is a Stanford eCorner original series.

FRICTION with Bob Sutton Stanford eCorner

    • Education
    • 4.8, 65 Ratings

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 ridiculous odds and emotional processing, FRICTION distills research insights and practical tactics to improve the way we work. Listen up as we take you into the friction and velocity of producing made-for-TV movies, scaling up design thinking, leading through crisis and more. Guests include Harvard Business School historian Nancy Koehn, Eric Ries of Lean Startup fame, and restaurateurs Craig and Annie Stoll; as well as academic leaders from Stanford University and beyond. FRICTION is a Stanford eCorner original series.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

johnflurry ,

Keep this going...PLEASE

I am pretty picky when it comes to podcasts. At 50 (ok 49 and 3/4) I soak up as much wisdom and can knowing I don't have endless time. As a business leader, mentor, teacher, father, husband and friend (oh and son) I try to soak up tools, wisdom and correction so that others will thrive. Friction has been so helpful in that pursuit. And yes the content can sometimes be raw and straight forward. It reminds me of my employee 1-1 times or the advice from a good friends. Life is too short to sugar coat things. Keep it up gang. Please keep it up.

Jon1796 ,

Great insights about business and human bias

Bob Sutton’s podcast has become as essential to my feed as freakonomics and hidden brain. The interviews are insightful, full of lessons, and ripe to help you understand your own biases. Rather than fast forward through the last minutes of credits, be sure to listen to his closing thought for each episode.

DontMakeMeFillInThisField ,

Helpful — if you can get over the bias against real companies

This podcast does provide some helpful insights into organizational culture — and ideas of what you can do to improve the organization for everyone within it.

But there’s a real downside. The podcast and its guests seem completely oblivious to the the real world of business — that world beyond venture capital, Silicon Valley, and academia.

For example, it is stated in multiple episodes, that obtaining venture capital is a necessary requirement for any start up.

Another example. The atrocious behavior of Silicon Valley darlings — like Google demanding 27 interviews of a single candidate — are laughed off as something “normal”. These folks clearly know nothing of the real business world outside the Silicone VC bubble.

Again, for a normal entrepreneur – someone bootstrapping their own company – there is value here. But understand that these folks cannot image how all of us normal business even exist — and their ignorance can be quite insulting at times.

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