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A Passion for Excellence: The Leadership Difference

4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0446386395
ISBN-10: 0446386391
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A Passion For Excellence is the single most existing, inspiring, career-transforming book ever published for people who want to get ahead. It takes you behind, the scenes in some of the most successful organizations and analyzes what makes them distinctive.

Here are real people, real companies, real numbers. Here is what you need to know about the crucial elements of success: constant innovation, staying in touch with customers, encouraging the contributions of everyone in the company, and maintaining the integrity that is basic to leadership. Here are the secrets of building excellence. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Author, provocateur, and business visionary Tom Peters is recognized around the globe as one of the most influential and revolutionary management gurus of the last century. The author of more than 10 best-selling books on innovative business practices, including the groundbreaking In Search of Excellence, Peters gives more than 100 major seminars each year and seves as the chairman of Tom Peters Company.

Nancy is coauthor, with Tom Peters, of the bestseller A PASSION FOR EXCELLENCE. She is a leading authority on building swift and lasting organizations to succeed. Nancy has written extensively for many magazines and journals and today is a contributing editor for INC. magazine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 4, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446386391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446386395
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many people have written that they like Tom Peters, but do not think that he has much to say that is new or different. Others criticize Peters for being changeable in his views. What these people miss is that Tom Peters is passionate about using passion for customers, employees, and everyone else to create great results for all of us. By awakening our passion, we will do more, we will try more, and we will succeed more often. In many ways, this book is much more important than IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE. A PASSION FOR EXCELLENCE clearly shows that passionate leadership about the right things sets a good example and the right tone for the organization. This book is helpful in that each section is meant to be read as a stand-alone, so you can go to the places that you did not feel very passionate about when you read IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE and get some good reinforcement about the value of passion in that area. A good companion piece if you need more passion and self-direction is Tony Robbins' AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN.
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Tom Peters is one of the finest authors of this genre, and this, his second book, is a excellent - if lengthy - treatise on instilling activist management, passion, people and quality into the central focus of business operations. Like In Search of Excellence, Peters' first work, the book makes ample use of examples, case studies and stories to convey the power of employee and customer engagement, the need for relentless drive to excellence throughout an organization, and the need to continuously innovate. Also, like the earlier work, the book was written 30 years ago - and much has changed during that time. Peters was prescient on many of the impacts of globalization and the quality revolution - and if anything, underestimated the effects of innovation and direct to customer engagement permitted by technology.

Having said that, Peters more recent books, such as Thriving on Chaos, are probably more immediately actionable, though the principles (and the action steps - especially in the Afterward) make the book a still useful read 30 years later.
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Having read and enjoyed "In Search for Excellence", I decided to also read "A Passion for Excellence". This book proposes that it is unnecessary to go through the traditional data-based doctrine of management. Instead the book advocates championing an innovative, customer and people oriented spirit. The authors give hundreds of actual, real-world examples, focusing on the key areas of competence that add up to excellence, offering scores of anecdotes and practical insights to help all business people on their road to leadership, success, and more importantly, excellence.

The book provides imaginative management practices and techniques that should help organization stay competitive and profitable. It is instructive and inspirational with useful reminders to managers. It is an important handbook to a brave, new way to manage people and companies.

A Passion for Excellence examines some of the most successful organizations and offers a thoughtful analysis of what makes them distinctive. Readers should benefit from gaining an insight about the critical elements of success namely constant innovation, staying in touch with customers, encouraging the contributions of everyone in the company, and maintaining the integrity that is basic to leadership.
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I had to purchase this book for a class and was very pleased with it. While the content was a little outdated the concepts were relevant. It came on.time and was in the condition stated. Very pleased with this purchase
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It's a book to keep for future reference. I've used it many times with colleagues and subordinates. Its examples are fantastic, it's written in a direct and easy way. All managers should read it to grasp hints on how to manage people and achieve the aimed results. Worth every penny spent on it. I've also read 'Thriving on Chaos' from the same author. Some chapters overlap, but it is an even deeper book on the subject matter. 'A Passion for Excellence' is written in a passionate way. You'll never forget it while working in management.
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