Excellence Now

Innovation

Brand You World

You must build your own rep­u­ta­tion for excel­lence and cre­ate your own life.

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Bias for Action

Do some­thing. Do any­thing. Now.

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41 Quotes

Tom’s Top 41 Quotes address atti­tude above all else as a key to Excel­lence.

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Brand, Design, and Differentiation

In 2009, Lead­er­sIn filmed an inter­view with Tom. Find the video here.

Thoughts on Budget

Some of the most not­ed engi­neer­ing projects in the world came in over bud­get.

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Action Summary

A short list of one-lin­ers to inspire imme­di­ate action.

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New Old Basics

A bare-bones out­line of busi­ness wis­dom.

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Innovation NEW—Short

Rethink your idea of inno­va­tion. See also “Inno­va­tion Tac­tics.”

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Innovation IS Strategy

Talk­ing points include: bias for action, inno­vate or die, strat­e­gy sec­ond.

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Brushcutting, Spontaneous Discovery & Hayek

Tom’s per­son­al saga of spon­ta­neous dis­cov­ery.

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TEDx

Tom speaks on cre­ativ­i­ty. Quot­ing Richard Flori­da, he calls it “the ulti­mate eco­nom­ic resource.”

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House

The TV show House inspired this list of desir­able prac­tices for busi­ness­es and lead­ers.

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Space Matters

Tom explains why who sits next to whom in your office can make a huge dif­fer­ence.

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Inspiration

Tom replies to a ques­tion sub­mit­ted by web­site vis­i­tor Kei­th Clark about find­ing inspi­ra­tion on dif­fi­cult days.

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Bias for Action Video

Tom revis­its the first of the basics from In Search of Excel­lence.

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MicroPowerPoint

A col­lec­tion of rarely used slides rang­ing from China’s emer­gence to out­sourc­ing.

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Paul Arden: THINK THE OPPOSITE

Selec­tion of quotes from one of Paul Arden’s books.

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Politics

In this video, Tom says you must “play pol­i­tics” to get things done. PDF tran­script attached.

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Brawl

Writ­ten in 2002, this is Tom exhibit­ing great skill at being pre­scient.

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High Standard Deviation Enterprise

Get­ting WEIRD and stay­ing WEIRD: Cre­at­ing & Main­tain­ing an HSDE.

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Talent

Tom says, “PAY Incred­i­bly Well. Pur­sue DIVERSITY. Seek out THE STRANGE ONES.”

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Boss-Free Implementation 2002

Prove your the­o­ry far from the top brass before you pro­pose it to them.

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Pursue “Insanely Great”

Chap­ter 17, The Works. Extreme times call for extreme language—AND actions.

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Boss-Free Implementation

Excel­lence. NO EXCUSES! Appen­dix 1. Exper­i­ment out of the boss’s sight.

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Re-imagine! Video

Watch Tom speak about rein­ven­tion in Eng­lish with Brazil­ian Por­tuguese sub­ti­tles.

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Scale

Tom’s opin­ion of big com­pa­nies’ merg­ers.

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You Are the Company You Keep

You must hang out with inter­est­ing peo­ple who pull you into the future.

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Containerization

A com­men­tary on the devel­op­er of modal con­tainer­iza­tion and the effects of it.

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Transformational Change

An out­line for dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing your busi­ness.

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Action NEW

Tom puts some new empha­sis on his bias for action.

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Guerrilla Advantage

Agili­ty is the key.

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Excellence Always, Stitched

Sev­en essen­tial pre­sen­ta­tions, stitched togeth­er.

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Tech Tsunami

Chap­ter 7, The Works. Soft­ware Is Eat­ing the World!

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34 BFOs/Blinding Flashes of the Obvious

Chap­ter 5, The Works. So sim­ple you may have for­got­ten.

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Innovate Or Die

Chap­ter 10, The Works. Pur­sue rapid inno­va­tion through­out your busi­ness.

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The “Strategy First” Myth

Chap­ter 3, The Works. SEVEN (VERY) Ques­tion­able “Foun­da­tion Myths.”

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Nine Value-Added Strategies

Chap­ter 11, The Works. Stand out in the mar­ket­place.

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TIB (This I Believe) Long

Tom says: love the mess, work in Tech­ni­col­or, embrace deviance, etc.

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Systems Second

Appen­dix 2, Excel­lence. NO EXCUSES! Exe­cu­tion is more impor­tant than busi­ness sys­tems.

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Come to Believe

Get the ben­e­fit of Tom’s 40-plus years of study.

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Tom Peters’ Lessons

Every­thing Tom learned about small busi­ness in the 25 years from 1981 to 2006.

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Library of Best Quotes

Appen­dix, The Works. Tom’s selec­tion of wis­dom from oth­ers.

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The Innovation 121

Appen­dix 4, Excel­lence. NO EXCUSES! Accept fail­ure; always go for the Wow!

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9H

Lessons from wise lead­ers with H in their names.

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Business Excellence in a Digital Age

Tom says busi­ness now is much the same as in 1982 when he co-wrote Search.

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Pursuit of Luck

Luck … owes a lot to max­i­miz­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties.—Lib­er­a­tion Man­age­ment

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The Strategy Baker’s Dozen

A baker’s dozen eter­nal ver­i­ties, such as: hire the best tal­ent.

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Innovation NEW—List

The basics from “Inno­va­tion NEW Short” in list form.

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Innovation 24

An ear­ly list of inno­va­tion tac­tics. There are now 121.

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Hot Books/Recent Readings

Sub­jects include the per­son­al­ized web, gam­i­fi­ca­tion, big data, etc.

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Equations

Man­age­ment as alge­bra­ic func­tions, e.g., S = ƒ(…); “Suc­cess is a func­tion of …”

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Bossidy

Exe­cu­tion is the best strat­e­gy; an idea enhanced by Exe­cu­tion, by Bossidy and Cha­ran.

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Lessons from Baking Christmas Cookies

Tom finds a busi­ness les­son in every activ­i­ty!

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Colonel John Boyd

Col. John Boyd is one of Tom’s exem­plars of a bias for action.

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Re-imagine Manifesto

Tomato TomA[h]to!” A list of “They say… I say” con­trasts. Also at ChangeTh­is.

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War on Linearity

Think vs. Do.

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Angry People Make Change

Tom tells us that the sin­gle source of inno­va­tion is angry peo­ple.

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209 Irreducibles

209 truths that Tom finds unde­ni­able, such as: “We all have cus­tomers.”

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Algorithms

From the book Auto­mate This: How Algo­rithms Came to Rule Our World, by Chris Stein­er.

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The Adaptive Organization

Hire for atti­tude, char­ac­ter, and proven team­work more than for skill.

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Super TIB 25

Tom gives us the list of 25 truths he’s arrived at through­out his career.

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TDY Finance

Tom advis­es you to take a tem­po­rary duty assign­ment (TDY) in the finance depart­ment.

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Implementation Master

You can plan indef­i­nite­ly or move on to the busi­ness of imple­ment­ing the plan.

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The Getting-Things-Done MBA

Tom’s view on max­i­miz­ing the imple­men­ta­tion skills of your orga­ni­za­tion.

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Innovation Equality

Tom sug­gests you imple­ment an Inno­va­tion Equal­i­ty Day, when all depart­ments do R&D.

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Measure Innovation

In this video, find an easy-to-imple­ment method to ensure inno­va­tion in your work.

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Best Practices, Love ‘Em and Hate ‘Em

Tom says best prac­tices as busi­ness strat­e­gy can be effec­tive, or not.

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Innovation in Large Companies

A ques­tion from web­site vis­i­tor Jack Webb, “Why don’t big com­pa­nies inno­vate?”

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Top 27: Twenty-seven Practical Ideas

Tom’s 27 man­dates for thriv­ing in unsta­ble times.

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Innovation Tactics

Don’t fear fail­ure. Do demos. Tell a sto­ry. Tom says: “Try It.”

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Excellence Found

In this 40-slide set from 2004 known as X04, Tom gives 10 points of Excel­lence.

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Step Out

Tom deliv­ers his edict that you must stand out or be stepped on.

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Robert Cooper

A look at The Break­ing of Nations: Order and Chaos in the 21st Cen­tu­ry, by Coop­er.

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Irreducibles209, Sales122, This I Believe Master

Get lots of info in this three-in-one Pow­er­Point.

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PowerPoint Stuff

A mixed bag of sub­jects & quotes from Jack Welch, Nel­son Man­dela, and Moth­er Tere­sa.

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Introduction to Re-imagine!

The main ideas of Tom’s book Re-imag­ine!

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The Death Knell for Ordinary

Pur­su­ing Dif­fer­ence: 9 tac­tics for putting your­self ahead of the pack.

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22 First Things before First Things

A list of what Tom feels should be your first pri­or­i­ties.

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73 Big Things

Find 73 of Tom’s fave tips in this Pow­er­Point, e.g., social media, pow­er of algo­rithms.

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Black Swan 44

From Nicholas Taleb’s The Black Swan, Tom culled 44 lessons for thriv­ing.

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Brand Taiwan

Fol­low­ing a vis­it to Tai­wan, Tom’s mus­ings on how an entire city can brand itself.

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Creativity Short Takes

Think­ing may be the most use­ful skill in years to come.

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XF Communication

Cross-func­tion­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion boils down to one extra­or­di­nar­i­ly sim­ple vari­able.

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Don’t Fear Failure

Tom tells why a man who’s unafraid to fail is an Excel­lent role mod­el.

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Moving Stuff Around

A slides pre­sen­ta­tion about how you can become a change agent by man­ag­ing spaces.

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Innovate or Perish (PAI Summary)

10 ideas for pump­ing up inno­va­tion in your orga­ni­za­tion.

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Design

Per Tom, design is the well­spring of Cor­po­rate Soul & the No.1 basis for com­pet­i­tive advan­tage.

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Adding Value

Tom says you can’t com­pete with the biggest—instead set your­self apart. Be unique.

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Bhide’s Venturesome Economy

This 5-slide set out­lines impor­tant points from Amar Bhidé’s book.

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Them vs. Us Master

A 16-slide snap­shot of what Tom sees as impor­tant for thriv­ing in uncer­tain times.

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60 TIB* (*This I Believe)

Tom’s 60th birth­day inspired this list of beliefs.

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Shanghai 6-Step

Tom gives “all you need to know” in six (total!) steps.

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Design 49

In these 8 slides, Tom lays out his Design prin­ci­ples suc­cinct­ly.

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Dramatic Difference

Gain the com­pet­i­tive edge in brand­ing your com­pa­ny by mak­ing it dra­mat­i­cal­ly dif­fer­ent.

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The PSF++ Solution

Tom sug­gests your busi­ness can stand out in a crowd­ed mar­ket­place with ser­vices added.

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New Millennium Master

Tom’s time­ly topics—from the year 2000! Some great insights for today.

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The “Have You” 50 plus XF 50

A Pow­er­Point of Have You 50 paired with XF (Cross-Func­tion­al) 50.