The Circle of Innovation: You Can't Shrink Your Way to Greatness Paperback – June 15, 1999
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"No matter where you are in your career, this book is a must read. The younger your thinking the more you'll get out of it." --The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A manual for businesses that want to survive and thrive in a world continually undergoing change." --St. Petersburg Times
"Tom Peters has done it again."--J.W. Marriot, Jr., CEO, Marriot International, Inc.
"[Peters] yields potent insights...his keen attention to the human element in organizational growth and change shines through...No cutting-edge manager can afford to ignore it."--Publishers Weekly
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The Circle of Innovation brings these seminars--and Peters' contagious passion--to the reader in a landmark book. Through bold graphics, astounding facts and figures, and quotes whose sources range from Émile Zola to Steve Jobs, Peters blows the lid off accepted management styles. Here is a book that will open your eyes to new ways of envisioning the challenges of today's world. Here, too, is a practical guide that will teach you how to:
- reverse the rising tide of product and service "commoditization" and foster uniqueness
- capitalize on the skyrocketing purchasing power of women
- convert sluggish staff into vital centers of intellectual capital accumulation
- build systems of elegance and beauty
- liberate your creativity and individual leadership style
Whether you manage a six-person department or a 60,000-body behemoth, The Circle of Innovation empowers you to transform your organization, your career, yourself. Inspiring, timely, this blueprint for success is pure Peters--a handbook as energetic as it is profound.
- Publisher : Vintage; 1st edition (June 15, 1999)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0679757651
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679757658
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Even though it was written pre-dotcom bust AND it is almost 6 years old, a lot of the ideas are still very relevant.
Short, punchy and still very enlightening!
Peters espouses 15 principles of innovation - circles within circles - and then proceeds to expose, shout, cajole and exemplify these very principles over a quick reading but somewhat lengthy 500 page treatise on innovation. Some of the key 15 principles which resonated with this reader included:
* You can't live without an eraser
* All value comes from the professional services
* The intermediary is doomed
* Become a connoisseur of talent
* Little things are only things
* We're here to live life out loud
Each of these, plus the remaining 9 elements, are entertainingly presented in such a way as to force the reader to think, while enjoying the entertaining, light and colloquial writing style that Peters is known for. The book is an outstanding edition to any manager's library, and should be a must read for anyone working in one of my organizations.
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