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11/07/09
Confidence. Surprises when you go one step further
Filed under: Interviewing, Mentoring, Leadership, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 8:29 pm

Rosebeth Ross Kanter points out there
are three
essentials to confidence– 
accountability,
collaboration and
initiative to seize the
opportunity..

Let me tell you more about these
learned from
R. Kanter’s book.  She
describes these in terms
of
corporations, yet they apply to
individuals
and entrepreneurs.
Accountability describes the
combination of
sharing data, information
and know-how,
assuming responsibility,
and setting and holding
high standards.
Collaboration with partners to achieve
shared
goals
Initiative to take action and do what
is necessary
to make a difference.

This book came to my attention as I
read her
book “Supercorp” in which she
describes the
emergence of a 21st century
class of companies,
she calls vanguard
companies
.  These firms develop
humanistic values and motivate

employees to solve problems and help
societal
needs as leading components
of their business
plans.

Let’s return to Confidence.  Kanter
frames
the term as the situational
expectation of a
positive outcome
Because of this expectation,

 - effort is applied,
 - resources are directed and
 - people stick to specific courses of
action in
situations.

What sets this work from others is she
  - specifies what things to notice to
turn things
around (positive attitude
and behaviors),

  - what things to do when things
are going
well (prepare for worst case
scenarios),

  - encourage leadership in every place
(opening up innovation, new ideas, and
’stretch’ goals)

Confidence can be taught and has
to be
earned and is something leaders
need to be
constantly assessing in
candidates and
employees.



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