- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 4, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446386391
- ISBN-13: 978-0446386395
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Passion for Excellence: The Leadership Difference
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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
Nancy Austin earned her MBA in 1977 from the Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles, and was a management conultant for two years with Southern California consulting firms, including her own. She then spent four years at Hewlett-Packard, where she ran the company's management-development seminars. Now president of Not Just Another Publishing Company, a member of the Tom Peters Group, she is also the co-author of The Assertive Woman. She lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California with her husband, Bill Cawley, and their son Jeff. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
One of the best books I ever read on the topic was A Passion for Excellence , the 1985 sequel to IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE by Bob Waterman and Tom Peters. This book offered example after example of what they called âaethe Leadership Difference.â
While this is now a 20 year old reference, I used it again recently
in a column titled "Understanding and Living Values" and had numerous responses from readers globally.
As always, feedback or comments are welcome
Dr. John Hogan CHA CHE