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After decades with Knopf, influential management guru Peters switches to DK in an effort to "reinvent the business book," and while the results don't quite live up to the hyperbole, the new publisher allows for a looser design strategy that complements the author's increasingly stream-of-consciousness writing. Gray dotted lines lead from the main text to sidebars topped with category-identifying icons, and words' size, color and even typeface refuse to stay stable within a single sentence. (Design is clearly on his mind; one of the book's best passages is a rant against the poor ergonomics of the desk chairs in hotel suites.) The book's themes are mostly the same ones Peters has been developing since 1997's The Circle of Innovation and its follow-ups: small professional service firms are the wave of the future, successful companies sell dreams instead of products, and so on. Some of his ideas, like the unlimited potential of the Internet, have begun to wear a bit thin, while others need overhauling thanks to the recession. There are strong chapters on the spending power of women and the need to restructure the American education system, but not all the new twists are as satisfying. He takes on the 9/11 attacks in two business analogies: while the first interpretation of 9/11-small improvisational teams succeed against bloated infrastructures-rings true, many readers may find the second conclusion ("the Age of Large Numbers of Human Beings Crammed into Tall Towers is over") a bit tactless. But give Peters credit for being willing to stick his neck out, and expect loyal readers to follow him down this path once again.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audiobook edition.
In Tom's world, it's always better to try a swan dive and deliver a colossal belly flop than to step timidly off the board while holding your nose. -- Fast Company, October 2003
No matter how his message is transmitted, what's wonderful about Peters is his restless mind and love of learning. -- USA TODAY, November 13, 2003
Peters is passionate, egotistical, evangelical, outrageous and often maddeningly simplistic- but always provocative and fun. -- Washington Post, October 26, 2003
Peters is the Michel Foucault of the management world: a scourge of the rationalist tradition and a celebrant of the creative necessity of chaos and craziness. -- Financial Times, September 23,2003
Tom Peters is the most provocative and engaging(as well as annoying and threatening) management guru running loose in America Today. CBS MarketWatch, October 28, 2003 --Reviews --This text refers to the Audible Audiobook edition.
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This is a very uplifting books making us feel better, and a very low price comparing with the materials you get. One day of Tom's seminar (frequently held, always full) will cost you 400 USD and he will speak probably only a small portion of what you can learn from this book.
The content is very diverse with a lot of materials stuck inside ranging from salesmanship to woman to brand you to design, which you can pick and enjoy from any page with great fun.
DK, which is famous with the illustration and graphic heavy books, is a very suitable publisher for Tom's book. So here is a good match and a big resource of business enjoyable book.
I am glad that the books get back to the tone of Circle of Innovation and bringing a lot of enthusiatic design and words.
I agree that Tom's approach is not very quant like the one we learn from the MBA program (I am in University of Chicago program myself) but we should consider that quantitave and basic analysis is not the only way to approach success and life. Tom comes from Stanford and he has left behind his "numbers" approach and in some way become the guru of the new age. Always relentless and goes against the tide.
I have bought 5 copies for myself and my friends!
Cheers and congratulation to Tom! HE IS A PLAYER.
But the book itself is disappointing in its format. It is very fragmented and looks like a cartoon. Instead of a main text area, the pages are divided into various boxes and shades. It is difficult to read the book coherently and also difficult to take the book seriously.
fragmented and looks like a cartoon.
1. His book is a chaotic hodgepodge of loose ideas.
2. The essence of the book can probably be summarized on no more than one page. The book is EXTREMELY repetitive and thin on essence.
3. Although Tom Peeters probably believes that his 'layout' and pictures 'add value' to his ideas, it is extremely bothering to me. It makes the whole thing a very hard read (to stay focused and keep my attention) and often is literally difficult to read (when things are written on a gray background, for example). Each time I read for about two hours in this book, my eyes started to hurt (and I read a lot).
Beside the layout, Tom Peters likes to dramatize things. For instance, as far as I can understand, Tom Peters predicts that entrance to the workplace in future will be reserved only for people who are extremely risk-minded, real leaders, with lots of skills, and a huge set of talents. All other people are lost for society and will be without a job. So, this makes that about 95% of all people will be jobless and moneyless. I can also make a prediction: if this will become true, the world will turn into chaos comparable to the world described in the 'Mad-Max' trilogy (i.e, social unrest, extremely high crime rates, and civil war).
And to top it all: I also bought Tom Peeters 'essentials' on talent, design, and leadership. And what did I find out? The essentials are simply made up of LITERAL chapters of 'Re-imagine.' This means: there is nothing new inside. Nice move: writing one book, and extracting 4 'essentials' from it = 5 books from which to make money while only taking the effort to write a single book...
The references to white-collar jobs being replaced by a cheap microprocessors or cheap labor was right on the mark. Thoughts were freely borrowed from others such as Pink's "Free Agent Nation," but that's ok.
The lists of sources referenced throughout the book were worth the price of the book. It reminded me a bit of reading about the sources of tools in the Whole Earth Catalog in the old days.
Overall re-imagine is a timely, relevant, thought provoking, and well-reasoned call to action (consider the points or suffer the consequences).