Creativity is a lot like looking at the world through a kaleidoscope. You look at a set of elements, the same ones everyone else sees, but then reassemble those floating bits and pieces into an enticing new possibility.

— Rosabeth Moss Kanter

The most colorful Rosabeth Moss Kanter quotes that are easy to memorize and remember

One of the symptoms of a losing streak is a turnover of top executives. It's a revolving door.

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Change is a threat when done to me, but an opportunity when done by me.

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I've found that small wins, small projects, small differences often make huge differences.

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Mindless habitual behavior is the enemy of innovation.

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Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach.

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The middle of every successful project looks like a disaster.

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The most radical thing we can do is connect people to one another.

That starts conversations toward a vision for change.

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People often resist change for reasons that make good sense to them, even if those reasons don't correspond to organizational goals. So it is crucial to recognize, reward, and celebrate accomplishments.

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I've been looking at companies that are on a positive path vs.

a negative path and I've come to use the language of sports, winning streaks and losing streaks.

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Leaders must wake people out of inertia.

They must get people excited about something they've never seen before, something that does not yet exist.

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People who are making decisions about the future often don't have access to some of the best ideas in the company, which may be at the periphery or at lower levels.

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Leaders must pick causes they won't abandon easily, remain committed despite setbacks, and communicate their big ideas over and over again in every encounter.

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About Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Quotes 82 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Businesswoman
Birthday March 15, 1943

The Martha Stewart trial makes clear how far women have risen in the business world. America can be proud of our equal-opportunity prosecution and conviction.

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The architecture of change involves the design and construction of new patterns, or the reconceptualization of old ones, to make new, and hopefully more productive, actions possible.

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... people are capable of more than their organizational positions ever give them the tools or the time or the opportunity to demonstrate.

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It takes courage to speak up against complacency and injustice while others remain silent. But that's what leadership is.

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Power is the ability to get things done

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If world problems feel too big to tackle, think small.

Step by step. Small wins build confidence, lead the way to change.

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Confidence makes you willing to try harder and attracts the kind of support from others that makes "winning" possible.

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Our future will be shaped by the assumptions we make about who we are and what we can be.

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Powerlessness corrupts: absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely.

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Confidence isn't optimism or pessimism, and it's not a character attribute.

It's the expectation of a positive outcome.

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Change is like putting lipstick on a bulldog.

The bulldog's appearance hasn't improved, but now it's really angry.

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Perpetuating success or sliding into decline is the result of many intersecting forces that reinforce one another directly and indirectly. They are both cause and effect of winning or losing. Winning generates positive forces, losing generates negative forces.

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After years of telling corporate citizens to 'trust the system,' many companies must relearn instead to trust their people - and encourage their people to use neglected creative capacities in order to tap the most potent economic stimulus of all: idea power.

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A self-reinforcing upward spiral: performance stimulating pride stimulating performance.

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The commune movement is part of a reawakening of belief in the possibilities for utopia that existed in the nineteenth century and exist again today, a belief that by creating the right social institution, human satisfaction and growth can be achieved.

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Friendly people are caring people, eager to provide encouragement and support when needed most.

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Sometimes you lose - perhaps because you play against the very best, or because surprises happen - but if there is organizational confidence, you bounce back from losses and convert them to successes.

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I was determined to achieve the total freedom that our history lessons taught us we were entitled to, no matter what the sacrifice.

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Winning becomes easier over time as the cornerstones of confidence become habits.

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Pessimists see problems as stemming from stable and universal causes, thus making them less susceptible to corrective action. Optimists, in contrast, view problems as temporary and resulting from specific factors that will either change or be changed.

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Confidence is the sweet spot between arrogance and despair-consisting of positive expectations for favorable outcomes.

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Power stems from 'rainmaking,' as law firms put it: the ability to bring resources into the company.

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To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.

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Life is full of cycles that have a way of perpetuating themselves.

Success and failure both feed on themselves. Things can go downhill quickly, with people bogged down by ineffective behavior and poor teamwork, unless leaders intervene to shift the cycle.

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Change demands new learning.

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The importance of discretion increases with closeness to the top of a hierarchical organization.

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Ambivalence about family responsibilities has a long history in the corporate world.

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"No" is always an easier stand than "Yes.

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The best way for business to move out of the Hall of Shame is to demonstrate a commitment to social causes. This also makes business sense. A focus on solving social problems has motivational benefits in lean economic times.

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Everything looks like a failure in the middle.

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The most distinguished advocate and the most distinguished critic of modern captialism were in agreement on one essential point: the job makes the person. Adam Smith and Karl Marx both recognized the extent to which people's attitudes and behaviors take shape out of the experiences they have in their work.

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You've no future unless you add value, create projects.

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You can always buy something in English, you can't always sell something in English.

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Corporate men and women, once divided by striking differences in opportunity for career growth, have come to share career chaos.

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Thinkers, makers and traders are the DNA of the world class company

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Confidence is the bridge connecting expectations and performance, investment and results.

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Nations need to understand their own strengths and weaknesses, and India's tradition of dissent and democratic debate is a positive aspect.

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