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Summary

Why do the Yankees always seem to win and the Red Sox fade? Why do companies such as Dell and Gillette never seem to lose their halo? What lessons does Nelson Mandela offer leaders in trouble spots like the Middle East. From sports to business and the most complicated political situations, a common element, a truth, persists: people succeed when leaders give them the confidence to do so.

In Confidence, Kanter, a former editor of Harvard Business Review and an advisor to prominent corporations and community organizations, such as IBM and the Girl Scouts, offers a new theory and practice of success in which winning and losing are not mere episodes but self-perpetuating trajectories. She demonstrates why organizations of all types may be brimming with talent but not winners, and why character, perseverance, and a winning tradition count more than money and superstars.

©2004 Rosabeth Moss Kanter; (P)2004 Books on Tape

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"Kanter, a professor at the Harvard Business School and author of numerous books, delivers valuable insights on the importance of confidence to success and on how organizations can create practices that build that much needed asset." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Ellen
  • 27-09-04

Little insight, very shallow

This should be listed as a young adult book. It is very repetitive and light weight - the same (mostly sports) examples repeated again and again with few specifics and little insight.

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  • John
  • 13-10-04

Unsatisfying

Generally an uninspiring book from an author capable of better. Stretches and overuses sports examples (coming across as a latecoming "new fan", rather than as a student or researcher into the power of sports-as-metaphor). Repetitive to a fault.

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  • Don McGowan
  • 03-01-06

Very solid

This is a very solid book. Like all business books there's parts where it lags, and you sometimes might think she's overusing certain case studies, but this is a good analysis of a difficult topic, well-written and well-read. I listened to this on the beach in Mexico and never once regretted the choice.

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  • Michael Nicell
  • 28-09-15

Interesting but unstructured

Some good stories but I don't know what to do with them. I don't know what Confidence is supposed to mean, as here it seems to be used to identify anything that led to a positive outcome

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  • Jim
  • 20-07-15

What was good was great but too long to say it!

This was good but needed mire substance of application.. more value less content shorter time!

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  • Trevor
  • 04-12-04

Waste of time

Hugely disappointing, totally bored could not get through it all.

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  • Pauline
  • 08-12-05

Sports, sports, sports

I had heard a few strong references to this book--especially from women's groups--and assumed that it would be helpful. It isn't. If I cared about sports metaphors, I'd watch ESPN. I can't get past the first few hours, I'm so tired of ad nauseum review of football and basketball games. I find myself zoning out and not listening. While she promises interesting buisiness case studies later in the book, I'm too bored to continue, even for that grail. I am a quite annoyed that I've wasted my time on a book so narrowly focused in content and audience.

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