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Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End
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From the boardroom to the locker room to the living room — how winners become winners... and stay that way.
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?
There's a fundamental principle at work — the vital but previously unexamined factor called confidence — that permits unexpected people to achieve high levels of performance through routines that activate talent. Confidence explains:
Confidence is the new theory and practice of success, explaining why success and failure are not mere episodes but self-perpetuating trajectories. Rosabeth Moss Kanter shows why organizations of all types may be brimming with talent but not be winners, and provides people in leadership positions with a practical program for either maintaining a winning streak or turning around a downward spiral.
Confidence is based on an extraordinary investigation of success and failure in companies such as Continental Airlines, Seagate, and Verizon and sports teams such as the University of North Carolina women?s soccer team, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles, as well as schools, health care, and politics.
Packed with brilliant, practical ideas such as ?powerlessness corrupts? and the ?timidity of mediocrity,? Confidence provides fresh thinking for perpetuating winning streaks and ending losing streaks 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.
Why were the New York Yankees able to trade for superstar Alex Rodriguez while their arch-rivals, the Boston Red Sox, failed? (Hint: It wasn't about the money.) How did a company like Gillette reignite a winning streak that had suddenly ended? What lessons does Nelson Mandela, who resisted the temptation to take revenge after being released from prison and assuming power, offer leaders in trouble spots like the Middle East? From the simplest ball games to the most complicated business and political situations, the common element is a basic truth about people: They prevail when leaders give them the confidence to do it.
In Confidence, Rosabeth Moss Kanter offers a new theory and practice of success: Winning and losing are not mere episodes but self-perpetuating trajectories. Kanter demonstrates how organizations of all types — businesses, sports teams, schools, governments — may be brimming with talent but not be winners, and why character, perseverance, and a winning tradition count more than money and superstars. Through inspiring case studies and prescriptive advice, Confidence provides an innovative framework for thinking about success, showing winners what to do to stay on top, and the all-important role of leadership in the process.
About the Author
ROSABETH MOSS KANTER is the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor at Harvard Business School. She is the former editor of Harvard Business Review and is an advisor to prominent corporations, governments, school systems, and community organizations, from IBM to the Girl Scouts. Dr. Kanter is the author of such groundbreaking books as Men and Women of the Corporation (winner of the C. Wright Mills Award for the book that best analyzes a social problem), The Change Masters, When Giants Learn to Dance, and Evolve!
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