Small wins, small projects,
small differences often
make HUGE differences.
— Rosabeth Moss Kanter *
TOO MANY LEADERS — AND TOO MANY BUSINESS STUDENTS — ARE FOCUSED ON CREATING OR DISCOVERING ONE REALLY BIG THING that will make them wildly successful.
Strategic leaders, however, often approach the matter differently — encouraging development of ideas that are singles, doubles and triples — each of which moves their company forward. If a home run happens now and then, all the better.
It’s not that strategic leaders are any less daring or competitive.
It's that being strategic enables you to see that all kinds of progress can strengthen your people and your organization.
* ONE OF THE FEW WOMEN IN RECENT YEARS TO HAVE ACHIEVED GENUINE GURU STATUS, Rosabeth Moss Kanter is an expert in strategy, leadership and innovation, a business professor at Harvard Business School, the chair of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative and a respected author and management consultant.
In 2007, a year before the first American presidential election in which a woman stood a real chance of winning, she wrote America the Principled: Six Opportunities for Becoming a Can-Do Nation Again. In it, she talked about education, a workplace social contract and international relations.
Kanter's books embrace some complex ideas and are supported by a wealth of research, all of which has led to her being branded as “the thinking woman's Tom Peters”. A large selection of her writing was gathered together in Rosabeth Moss Kanter on The Frontiers of Management.