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Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End

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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 differe
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 28th 2006 by Crown Business (first published 2004)
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Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
i was looking forward to reading this book, as i had read several of Kanter's articles in magazines. unfortunately, the book reads like a mish-mash of articles from the Harvard Business Review. some of the anecdotes are interesting, in particular the stories about Mandela, but the book felt very very repetitive, even by the standards of a management book. there is some good information here, but nothing that is not covered well in one magazine article or in a different and better book. not recom ...more
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Crown Books

This subtitle is accurate but does not fully indicate the nature and extent of what Kanter achieves in her latest book. 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." Human success and failure ha
Om Manghani
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grade-8
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
Mar 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
I stopped reading after around 10%. 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.
Vikrant Rana
Aug 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is all over the place. It tries to be a 'tips & tricks', at some point it also tries to be an 'academic explanation' one and at times it tries to be 'self help' book. Abandoned at 17%. ...more
K ONeil
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Nice take on leadership and how confidence is contagious.
Tony Wang
Jun 12, 2016 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. This book called Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End. The name of this book are pretty simple, but the content will bring you an exception ...more
Leader Summaries
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Desde Leader Summaries recomendamos la lectura del libro Confianza, de Rossabeth Moss Kanter.
Las personas interesadas en las siguientes temáticas lo encontrarán práctico y útil: liderazgo, características de un buen líder, crecimiento personal y psicología positiva.
En el siguiente enlace tienes el resumen del libro Confianza, Por qué la confianza es clave para el éxito y cómo los líderes pueden promoverla en sus organizaciones: Confianza
Oct 20, 2012 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.
Marci Lambert
Jul 27, 2016 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. ...more
Chris Wejr
Feb 23, 2013 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. ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could this be applied to the stock market of the last 15 years? Sure seems like a loosing streak we're on, especially as of 8/8/2011. 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... ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
was not really a fan of it, more of a corporate cultural business book than anything. Wasn't what I was looking for. ...more
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Team work and accountablity are the key. When everybodies actions are visiable and each person is held responsable for themselves then each person is going to be more willing to do their best.
Sebastian Melgin
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: entrepreneur
Excellent reading for every entrepreneur !
Sep 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Lots of applications to my work and personal life!
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Not an easy read, but very interesting discussion of streaks - winning and losing, and accompanying team dynamics in a wide range of settings - sports to business.
Keith Maynard
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Building organizational success.
Lori Grant
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A must-read book on executive ability in managing your career.
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Has some great insights on the cycles of winning and losing, but is a very tedious read. A 100 page book made into 400 pages.
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Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, where she specializes in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. She is also Chair and Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, an innovation that helps successful leaders at the top of their professions apply their skills to national and global challenges in their next li ...more

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