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At a large Florida medical center, a cross-trained duo--a nurse and a lab technician--can perform for a patient 80% of all necessary services. At Cable News Network, a 30-minute, nine-bureau online meeting determines each coming day's program. These and 50 other flexible, innovative companies--Ingersoll-Rand, Electronic Data Systems, Chiat/Day/Mojo, Random House--provide the case studies for Peters's ( In Search of Excellence ) punchy, freewheeling primer. "Fashionable" products tailored to customers' ever narrower-gauge needs will define the marketplace of the 1990s, asserts Peters. Companies that respond to this environment, he predicts, may fissure into small, autonomous units; such "brain-based" firms will recognize the value of letting project teams and empowered employees have access to all of the firm's information. Part pep talk, part grab-bag of business strategies, this energizing, idea-rich handbook will shake up traditional managers and rank-and-file workers alike. 250,000 first printing; BOMC main selection.
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Unlike his best sellers In Search of Excellence (with Robert Waterman , LJ 2/15/83) and A Passion for Excellence (with Nancy Austin , LJ 6/15/85), this latest book by management guru Peters doesn't have the benefit of an official coauthor, and it shows. While chock-full of important case studies (from Ingersoll Rand, CNN, the Body Shop, and others), the book is so dense, with Peters equivocating a bit too much on word choice, that few will read it cover to cover. Still, Peters's main argument--that companies have to be flexible enough to readjust to the quick changes of a "fashion"-driven marketplace--seems on the mark and should bring him a large readership. For all management/business collections. BOMC main selection; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/92.
- Judy Quinn, formerly with "Library Journal"
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Publisher: Random House Audio (November 3, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394588797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394588797
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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By therosen VINE VOICE on March 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
I liked "In Search of Excellence" but thought the concepts (& certainly companies) didn't stand the test of time. I read "Liberation Management" with some trepidation.
My initial reaction on this book was, "Tom's gone off the deep end, he's doing this just to be provocative" - that's a good enough reason to read this book, but I wouldn't have rated it well just based on that.
If you look at today's business environment, he really wasn't a radical. Ideas that he plugged (Turn all work into a project, outsource, turn everything into a profit center) don't really seem so crazy. His mantra of speed certainly fit the period we just went through. His companies (example: EDS) even did better than prior books.
I've read all of Tom's books - if you want one to guide how you manage and lead, this one is it...
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Format: Paperback
A fantastic book with mind-blowing detail and scope. Introduces (and complements with research!) many of the important 'management' topics that have gained popularity in the last few years. Which is impressive considering the book was written 8 years ago!
Topics include: Network Organisations and other non-hierarchy-based organizational models, Networked Markets, Knowledge Management, reduced 'mass'-marketing, etc, etc, etc...
It's impressive that he has been able to capture many of these trends BEFORE the proliferation of the World Wide Web.
Also preempts some of his own more recent movements, like the plain-English movement and the Wow! Project movement that advocate categorization in terms of 'wow!' and 'yuck' projects.
His latest '50List' books are much more digestible and prescriptive - if that is what you prefer.
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Tom Peters tells us that he can boil his entire management philosophy down to one sentence: "Crazy times call for crazy organizations."
The new marketplace in one word is "fashion." Every market is becoming a fashion market. "That means: fickle, fleeting, ephemeral, faddish, and unfair." Peters says you can thrive in the marketplace if you'll:
"Free the human imagination . . . Get close to and serve the customer. . . Customize products and services . . . Abandon everything; continuously reinvent yourself.. .Access the brainware around you. . . Know the front line . . . Demolish the monolith. . . Create teams that allow people to express their personalities."
Peters says a corporation today must be "curious." Don't expect the personnel in the personnel department to hire curious people. Peters says HR people operate by this unwritten rule:
"Thou shalt not hire a person who has an unexplained nanosecond in their life past the age of three."
They want the person who maintained a 4.0 grade average through graduate school and "has not had an interesting thought in their entire life."
They don't want any people who drop out of college, spend a year and a half in Europe, and offer no explanation. That, says Peters, is just the kind of behavior to look for when you're ready to hire curious people. He adds: "Hire a few genuine off-the-wall types. Collect weirdoes."
Peters says he is totally serious about this: "This is coldly logical stuff." Nobody disagrees that markets are weird, "but how are you going to conquer weird markets with stuffed shirts?"
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By A Customer on December 28, 1996
Format: Hardcover
As the writings of Tom Peters have moved away from the structured management style of "In Search of Excellence" to the disorienting postmod style of "Liberation Management" and "The Pursuit of WOW!", many of the conventional business book reviewers are baffled. Some have even hinted that Tom Peters has gone crazy. Quite the contrary, I find the more recent work -- particularly Liberation Management -- exhilarating reading, very much in tune with the fragmented, hyperreal conditions of today. In particular, I have found the various case studies and examples in Liberation Management very useful in may work as a strategy consultant, researcher, and professor
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This is a stimulating and broad ranging discussion of developing trends in business and organization, focusing on the rate and nature of change and the evolving nature of markets and technology world-wide, liberating people from the constraints of traditional industrial organizational structure. This book is, in our opinion, Peters' most thoughtful and insightful book. Reviewed by Gerry Stern, author of Stern's SourceFinder Master Management Information Directory and Stern's CyberSpace SourceFinder.
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