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Is success simply a matter of money and talent? Or is there another reason why some people and organizations always land on their feet, while others, equally talented, stumble again and again? In Confidence , Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter shows why organizations of all types may be brimming with talent but not be winners. Based on her extraordinary investigation of success and failure in companies such as Continental Airlines and Verizon and sports teams such as the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, as well as the arenas of education, health care, and politics, Kanter explores a new theory and practice of success and provides people in leadership positions with a prescriptive program for maintaining a winning streak or turning around a downward spiral.
Packed with brilliant, practical ideas, Confidence provides fresh thinking about success in all facets of life—from the factors that can make or break corporations and governments to the keys for successful relationships in the workplace or at home. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 28th by Crown Business first published More Details Original Title.
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Sort order. Oct 24, Ty rated it it was ok. Jul 25, Robert rated it it was amazing. She does indeed explain how and why both winning streaks and losing streaks begin and end but she also explores with her characteristic rigor and eloquence what she calls a basic truth: "People rise to the occasion when they have the confidence to do it.
However, when human nature is involved, geometric measurement at best indicates trends, patterns, etc. Henry Ford no doubt had that in mind when suggesting "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. These are among the questions which Kanter addresses in this book. Both winning streaks and losing streaks seem to be contagious. Kanter helps her reader to understand how they develop and, more importantly, what they reveal about their probable causes.
In her final chapter she observes "In losing streaks, it seems as though talent has disappeared and decline is inevitable -- or else why would the workers, the managers, the politicians, the players let the situation continue to deteriorate? But every water walker needs the stones to make it possible to move across the water.
The stones are already there beneath them. Kanter will help her reader to locate them, then "rise to victory" May 03, Om Manghani rated it really liked it Shelves: grade This was the second book that I read for the non-fiction unit, and I feel that there were some good points made, and Rosabeth Moss Kanter was able to balance narratives with the actual non-fiction very nicely.
Although I skipped parts, it went deeper into an issue that I am passionate about, and widened my view to how confidence is applied in different areas of life. Reading about confidence makes me understand some other parts of humans better, something I love to do.
Throughout this book, and This was the second book that I read for the non-fiction unit, and I feel that there were some good points made, and Rosabeth Moss Kanter was able to balance narratives with the actual non-fiction very nicely.
Throughout this book, and books before, I have been thinking a lot about people and how we function. This book has added to my understanding of my issue, and the complexity of the world we live in.
Mar 22, Msm rated it did not like it. Annoyed badly by the self promoting jabber and I don't mean subtle short sentences, but pages after pages of throwing meantime numbers on the readers head , I was hoping to find at least some real content in the book.
Although I found one or at most two subtle ideas which I suppose are obvious enough to be borrowed from elsewhere without due reference , I found most of the rest of the book to be mostly gossip type. I think this book is way overrated. Unfortunately I couldn't tolerate much further.
It could have been better. But it was simply annoying for me. Possibly I'm used to a different type of writing. Aug 01, Vikrant Rana rated it did not like it. This book is all over the place. Jun 12, Tony Wang rated it really liked it.
As a human, you might feel confident sometimes. Unconfident is a flaw of being, but once we overcome it, our life will get much better. There are plenty of books are about how to build confidence, I have to admit they are work still.
But this is a unique book with others; you will find you become a different person if you read it. The name of this book are pretty simple, but the content will bring you an exception As a human, you might feel confident sometimes. The name of this book are pretty simple, but the content will bring you an exceptional experience.
Confidence provides fresh thinking about success in all facets of life—from the factors that can make or break corporations and governments to the keys for successful relationships in the workplace or at home.
It plays a vital role in our life. This book involes a variety of situations and provides tips on how to build your confidence. Primarily, this book also provides some tricks, such as psychological hint and how to shift attention. The author used the knowledge of other filed to help the reader; this works better than other books.
I think this is an educational book, but it does help a lot of people already. Confidence is one of those traits that can become an ethereal ideal that we all think is good, but ask us to point to the specific reasons why anyone should want it and we can only point to vague hypotheticals. Apparently, this book suits those who are a lack of confidence; they must like it.
Certainly, this book could provide help for those want to become more confident. At last, this is a magic book; it can make almost everyone who wants to be confident achieve their dreams, try it now. Aug 02, Leader Summaries rated it it was amazing. Oct 20, John rated it it was amazing. This book is practical and inspired.
The simple message is confidence, self esteem and commitment will always prevail. Kanter writes clearly, drawing on many relevant examples from business and sports. She lays out the habits for winning and, more importantly, recovering from setbacks. One of the best management books I have ever read. Jul 27, Marci Lambert rated it really liked it. This is actually a book full of great information but it's a pretty dry read. Very strong on research but it could use some more compelling storytelling.
The focus is on organizational confidence versus personal confidence, but I think I'll be able to apply certain principles to my family life, like making sure my girls have adequate resources and support so they can be confident in their lives. Feb 23, Chris Wejr rated it really liked it. Reading the first few chapters and the last few make this book an important read.
If you enjoy stories or business and sports turnarounds, the middle section is good to emphasize the points about confidence. With all the emphasis on "grit" these days, this book makes you realize that without creating the conditions to build real confidence, there is less chance for resilience and turnarounds.
Could this be applied to the stock market of the last 15 years? Confidence can only be instilled in the markets if leaders are worthy of the confidence bestowed on them. Does that apply to the current leadership on the political side? Don't expect the answer in this book, but many others instead Mar 20, Jon rated it it was ok.
CONFIDENCE: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End
One difference between winners and losers is how they handle losing. Even for the best companies and most-accomplished professionals, long track records of success are punctuated by slips, slides, and mini-turnarounds. Even the team that wins the game might make mistakes, fumble, and lag behind for part of it. Troubles are ubiquitous. Surprises can fall from the sky like volcanic ash and appear to change everything. New ventures can begin with great promise and still face unexpected obstacles, unanticipated delays, and critics that pop up at the wrong moment. Nothing succeeds for long without considerable effort and constant vigilance.
How Leaders Create Winning Streaks
Drawing on more than interviews with leaders in business, sports and politics, Kanter cogently explains the role confidence plays in the performance of institutions and individuals. Losing streaks are often created and then perpetuated when people lose confidence in their leaders and systems, while winning streaks are fueled by confident people who are secure in their own abilities and the ability of their leaders. Winning streaks are characterized by continuity and continued investment, Kanter argues, while losing streaks are marked by disruption and a lack of investment that typically give way to a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure. Combining theory with practical advice, Kanter details how losing organizations can instill accountability, collaboration and initiative—Kanter's three pillars of confidence—to help start a turnaround. She illustrates her ideas with a number of real-world examples, among them how the new owner of the Philadelphia Eagles stopped the team's chronic losing ways and built a winning organization.