Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End

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Three Rivers Press, 2006 - Business & Economics - 412 pages
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From the locker room to the living room to the boardroom—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–confidence–that makes the difference between winning and losing in any competition, be it a high school basketball game or a high-stakes business situation. 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.

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Sports are usually the first thing that comes to mind when discussing winning and losing streaks. So it's apropos that Kanter (Harvard Business Sch.; Evolve! ) would include teams from across the ... Read full review

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During my Toastmasters meetings, I often give a book review so my fellow coworkers can get excited about reading and applying important lessons to their daily work life. This particular book was of great interest to one of my Ceridian human resources friends because I suggested that Kanter was correct that streaks of confidence can maintain momentum for a decade or longer in business, not just in sports teams.
I learned a little about the psychology of winning teams and how important it was to keep practicing, to maintain effective and honest communication, to foster esprit de corps, and to recruit strong people who could complement the team.
Great lessons for us to use to build our teams every where!
Lou Polur

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About the author (2006)

Rosabeth Moss Kanter is the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor at Harvard Business School. Dr. Kanter is the author of such groundbreaking books as Men and Women of the Corporation, When Giants Learn to Dance, and Evolve!

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