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Surprise, Transformation & Excellence through “Spontaneous Discovery”:A Personal Saga

Vie, 12/12/2014 - 18:23

FYI, this is a revision of an antique—but arguably more relevant than ever (PDF version also available): "Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You simply must ... Do things."—Ray Bradbury "By indirection direction find."—Hamlet, II. I "To be playful is to allow for unlimited possibility."—James Carse "No one […]

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Mar, 09/12/2014 - 21:35

Herein the outline of my presentation to PAI Market Partners Conference on 05 December in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: 1. "Software is eating the world."—Marc Andreessen. "It" has been coming for a long time. But "wait 'til next year" is done. Radical—very radical—technology-driven changes, featuring robotics-executed surgery, algorithms that dominate the world's financial markets, the […]


Dominican Republic

Vie, 05/12/2014 - 18:33

This may be the first time Tom has ever gone to the Dominican Republic. He‘s in a town beautifully named Punta Cana, speaking to a group from Payment Alliance International (PAI) at their 2014 Market Partner Conference. The PPT files can be downloaded here. Enjoy! PAI Market Partner Conference PAI, Long Version

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Podcast: Perspectives and Predictions

Mar, 02/12/2014 - 22:32

From all reports, Tom had a good time talking to former associates and good friends Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss. The topic of the podcast was Perspectives and Predictions, and the talk got started with the subject of Social Business. That discussion led to a conversation with Cheryl Burgess, coauthor of The Social Employee. The […]

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Lun, 17/11/2014 - 14:35

For a two-day event in Japan, Tom chose as his topic “Re-imagine Excellence.” On the 16th of November, he expanded that to “Innovate or Perish,” and on the 17th, his concentration was on “Talent, Value Added, and More.” You are invited to download the PPTs he used: 16 Nov, Japan, Re-imagine Excellence: Innovate or Perish […]

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Video: Tom on Mittelstand

Mar, 04/11/2014 - 19:34

Tom recently had a chance to talk to CNBC on a subject that’s dear to him: Germany’s Mittelstand. Medium-sized companies that are a driving force in the economy. He’s been a champion of the phenomenon for years, so it’s good to see that others are joining the discussion. Watch the video to get in on […]

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Jue, 30/10/2014 - 15:57

Respect is not “earned.” Respect given is automatic—though you may upon occasion discover that it was not, alas, merited. Respect is the default position. Disrespect must be earned. Respect is the greatest motivator of all. Every human being has an interesting story. You’ll find it if you give a shit. (And listen.) Everyone has a […]

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Mié, 29/10/2014 - 17:45

Tom’s chosen topic for his appearance today in Guadalahara is “Innovate … or Perish.” If you were in the audience and would like to have the slides he used, you can download the PowerPoint presentation here. There’s also a long Web-only version if you want more in-depth coverage of the topic. Enjoy!

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The Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 42Revision, 27 October 2014

Lun, 27/10/2014 - 17:00

What follows is a slightly revised version of the Project Leadership Excellence 42 list from my presentation last week to the PMI Leadership Institute confab. We have also attached this list in both PDF and PowerPoint formats. 1. Politics as nuisance-distraction vs. “Politics Is Life. RELISH It.” 2. IQ > EQ vs. EQ > IQ. […]

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Revision, 27 October 2014
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Project Management InstituteThe Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 40

Vie, 24/10/2014 - 01:17

Tom is speaking in Phoenix (+63F temperature shift from Vermont) to the Project Management Institute’s North American Leadership Institute Meeting 2014. “I am excited beyond measure–I’ve been waiting 48 years for this,” he says. “I got my construction engineering masters degree from the civil engineering department at Cornell in June 1965. My thesis was on […]

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The Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 40
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EXCELLENCE Potpourri:A Collection of (Important) Papers

Mar, 21/10/2014 - 18:39

I. The Moral Bedrock of Management: Maximizing Human Capital Development II. TRAINING: Investment #1 III. The 34 BFOs/Blinding Flashes of the Obvious: This Is the (OBVIOUS) Stuff I Care About. This Is the (OBVIOUS) Stuff, the Absence of Which Sends Me into a … RAGE IV. Systems Have Their Place: SECOND Place V. PUTTING PEOPLE […]

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Jue, 16/10/2014 - 22:08

Don’t miss the interview at, “Tom Peters on leading the 21st Century.” On the 50th Anniversary of the McKinsey Quarterly, they interviewed Tom, and the conversation basically covers his outlook on the next 50 years. Use the link above to find the online version of the interview, which includes several short video clips and […]

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Tom in the Media

Vie, 10/10/2014 - 17:41

Mitch Joel of Twist Image did a “Six Pixels of Separation” podcast with Tom on the state of business today. You can find it on iTunes as SPOS # 429, or here at Listing Tom as one of 22 Thinkers to Follow on Twitter, Drake Baer at Business Insider writes this: “Unlike other members […]

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Bully for Me!I’m The Cleverest Person in the Room!

Mar, 07/10/2014 - 19:42

Last week, I attended a memorial service for one of my great mentors, the generally acclaimed #1 leadership guru (and extraordinary humanist) (and leader in his own right) Warren Bennis. About 15 of his friends and colleagues spoke—myself included. It was eerie: We each—without exception—said the same thing, albeit in slightly different words. Warren made […]

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I’m The Cleverest Person in the Room!
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Brand You: 1997 Remembered

Lun, 06/10/2014 - 21:27

From the well-received Dataclysm: Who We Are, by Christian Rudder, co-founder of OkCupid/p. 209: “While aspiration and the prestige of association may be timeless [branding] concepts, truly new territory has recently opened to the brand people. In 1997, Tom Peters, a motivational speaker and management consultant, published an article called ‘The Brand Called You’ in […]

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Cool Friend: Bob Sutton (No. 2)

Mar, 30/09/2014 - 23:50

Bob Sutton returns to talk with about his new book, Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less, which he coauthored with fellow Stanford professor Huggy Rao. Filled with impressive case studies, the book describes what works as well as common pitfalls. One of our favorite ideas is characterizing two models for scaling […]

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Mié, 24/09/2014 - 21:40

I’ve already made a non-trivial update of my Annotated Master. It’s now 736 slides long—including about 200 annotation slides. Thinking about slides per se, I wrote this note—on an early slide in the presentation: The worst feedback I can get on some slide is, “That was a great quote.” Well, I think some of them […]

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A New Annotated “Master” Presentation

Sáb, 20/09/2014 - 00:39

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my last two presentations—to an HR assemblage in Indianapolis and to an entrepreneurial gathering in Edmonton. I was moved to combine the two presentations, add a bit from hither and thither, and then go on an annotation binge. (Something I haven’t done for quite a while.) You’ll find the end result here—a […]

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Vie, 12/09/2014 - 19:30

The E-Town Festival, an Edmonton Economic Development initiative, finds Tom in Canada today. Quote from their website: “E-Town Festival feeds the mind and heart of people who get excited by innovation, creativity and disrupting common thought.” Sounds like Tom is a good fit as one of the headliners! PPT presentations for downloading: E-Town Festival, Edmonton […]

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MOOC with a Cool Friend

Mié, 10/09/2014 - 22:38

Trying to grow your organization? Spread pockets of excellence? There are two days left to sign up! Cool Friend Bob Sutton, a Professor in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford, is offering a MOOC in scaling. Bob tells us that lots of people are involved in the design of the audio/video, etc., […]

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