Rosabeth Moss Kanter

United States
Born on 15 Mar 1943
Professor of Business


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The power of the position is giving way to the power of the person. A formal title and its placement on an organization chart have less to do with career prospects and success... than the skills and ideas a person brings to that work.

When Giants Learn to Dance Mastering the Challenges of Strategy, Management and Careers in the 1990s (1992)
Cheap labor is not going to be the way we compete in the United States. It's going to be brain power.

Interview (1995)
Confidence isn't optimism or pessimism, and it's not a character attribute. It's the expectation of a positive outcome.
Working cooperatively is crucial because you can't count on the power of your position anymore; you have to count on the power of your ideas.

Interview, Strategy + Business (1999)
In an e-business environment, leaders must manage not just teams, but large crowds... Because power lies in the network, all parts of it must adjust its actions in the light of what others are doing.

'How E-Smart Are You?,' World Link (2000)

Within and outside of the enterprise, success in an Internet environment is more likely when there is seamless cooperation across product lines, functional areas, business units, and geographies.

'How E-Smart Are You?,' World Link (2000)
Corporate values are a genuine competitive advantage... an enduring factor amid so many changes in products and services.

Speech (1991)
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.

Interview, Strategy + Business (1999)
There's nothing more demoralizing than having nobody notice good performance...the successful culture is one that provides constant recognition and applause. At the same time, it breeds a restless dissatisfaction that keeps you challenging yourself to a higher and higher performance.

Interview, Strategy + Business (1999)
Security no longer comes from being employed. It comes from being employable.

Changing Workplace (1997)
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."