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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (May 17, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679754938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679754930
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

At his business and management seminars-costing up to $2000-Peters is witty, engaging, and entertaining. Frequent requests for copies of presentation materials from attendees encouraged him to write this book. While some of the material is derived from his other books (e.g., Liberation Management, LJ 11/1/92), the presentation is fresh, mixing opinions with measures of puck, pluck, and petulance-in sum, typical Peters. Too popular to be ignored, Peters has a better understanding of what's going on than his critics would like to believe. Here he considers the possibility and reality of the virtual corporation (no employees are even better than a decentralized organization) and lifelong learning. For Peters, business is becoming in the metaphysical sense. However, while Peters talks about trust, he is shy on corporate responsibility and ethics; and whatever happened to Stu Leonard, that hero from an earlier book? Still, the book is a bargain compared to a seminar, and it's sure to be in demand.
Steven Silkunas, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority, Philadelphia
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

What a deal! Can't afford to shell out $2,000 for one of excellence guru Peters' pricey seminars? It's all here, he claims, in this original paperback for only $14. Included are Peters' clever, peppy "visuals" and provocative, catchy, often iconoclastic, and sometimes puzzling epigrams and one-liners, such as "Three cheers for screw-ups," "Specialists aren't special," and "[Today's] organizations [are] sandtraps of sobriety." Chapter titles include "Toward the Abandonment of Everything," "Corporation as Rolodex," and "Toward Wow!" Worried about missing out on the in-person enthusiasm? No problem! Also available is the "simultaneous Random House AudioBook" for only $12. MTV for MBAs. EX-A-LENT!!! David Rouse

More About the Author

Tom Peters is co-author of In Search of Excellence--the book that changed the way the world does business, and often tagged as the best business book ever. Sixteen books and almost thirty years later, he's still at the forefront of the "management guru industry" he single-handedly invented. What's new? A lot. As CNN said, "While most business gurus milk the same mantra for all its worth, the one-man brand called Tom Peters is still reinventing himself." His most recent effort, released in March 2010: The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence. Tom's bedrock belief: "Execution is strategy--it's all about the people and the doing, not the talking and the theory." (Keep up with Tom at tompeters.com, ranked #9 among "The Top 150 Management and Leadership Blogs.")

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 6, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
With a Copyright of 1994, its a little dated, but the basic message remains clear. Innovate or become extinct. Tom's enthusiam is apparent with each chapter.
If you can overlook the examples of corporations that are no longer around, and listen to the concepts, ( refer of course to the audio version) its a great program.
For true members of Tom's movement, this book remains a variation on a theme. A must have for the "Work Matters crowd" a cheap substitute for his live programs. Or a great refresher course for someone that has been to one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 1996
Format: Paperback
Since the publication of In Search of Excellence, Tom Peters' books have consistently provided a much needed kick in the seat of the pants to would be entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. His messages related to the need for innovation and a focus on excellence provide a refreshing challenge to the "business as usual" school and to those with a typical short term survival management philosophy. In The Tom Peters Seminar (subtitled "Crazy Times Call for Crazy Organizations") Peters uses his $1,500 a day seminars as the basis for a quick, concise analysis of the problems and solutions associated with the new, scary, and impossible to stop information economy. As Peters relates in the book, "Do something. Make things happen. It's inaction that kills you." This book is the place to start
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy R. Griffith on May 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is essential Tom Peters. It is the beginnings of what he later wrote about in Re-Imagine! It may not have too much to implement in terms of process but definitely has plenty of thought adjustments that should be made to survive, NO THRIVE, in the new economy. It can help you regain your drive because Tom identifies many of the frustrating business practices that we all deal with and encourages you to get mad about it and do something about it.

This is a great book if you want to open your mind to new possibilities for your career. It helped shape my overall attitude about business by revealing some of what business can and must become. Much more concise and to the point and builds upon his prior, and more lengthy, books. It is one of his best if not 'the' best books he has written. Tom's energy is contagious. Worth every penny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on July 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
Somehow I missed reading THE TOM PETERS SEMINAR when

it first came out in 1994 . . . it is a version of what he

charges business executives $2,000 or so to attend.

I just heard the taped version and though it is some 12 years

later, the material is still surprisingly current--if you can

overlook the examples of corporations that are no longer

around . . . this is made possible because of the fact, to

quote the subtitle, CRAZY TIMES CALL FOR CRAZY

ORGANIZATIONS . . . methinks that is true not only

in 2006, but will still be the case another 12 years from now.

As Peters notes, "Do something. Make things happen. It's

inaction that kills you." But what makes this author so

outstanding is that he just doesn't state a management

philosophy; rather, he shows by the use of real-life

companies and organizations how it can be implemented.

This particular program was narrated by Peters, which

added to my enjoyment . . . he is a dynamic speaker and, as

such, listening to him is even better than reading him.

By doing so, you'll gain some valuable insights as these:

* Once people don't know each other, it's time to break up

the company. Typically, that's at around 50-60 people.

* The average company suffers more from dullness than

eccentricity.

* Interview 25 customers. Ask: What's it like to do deal with us?

* Update your resume twice a year. Forever.

* Do you keep asking yourself: What can I learn next?

* You must retool every 4-6 years.

* You're as good as your Rolodex.
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