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The Tom Peters Business School in a Box Audio CD – Audiobook, June 23, 1995
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At his business and management seminars-costing up to $2000-Peters is witty, engaging, and entertaining. Frequent requests for copies of presentation materials from attendees encouraged him to write this book. While some of the material is derived from his other books (e.g., Liberation Management, LJ 11/1/92), the presentation is fresh, mixing opinions with measures of puck, pluck, and petulance-in sum, typical Peters. Too popular to be ignored, Peters has a better understanding of what's going on than his critics would like to believe. Here he considers the possibility and reality of the virtual corporation (no employees are even better than a decentralized organization) and lifelong learning. For Peters, business is becoming in the metaphysical sense. However, while Peters talks about trust, he is shy on corporate responsibility and ethics; and whatever happened to Stu Leonard, that hero from an earlier book? Still, the book is a bargain compared to a seminar, and it's sure to be in demand.
Steven Silkunas, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority, Philadelphia
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What a deal! Can't afford to shell out $2,000 for one of excellence guru Peters' pricey seminars? It's all here, he claims, in this original paperback for only $14. Included are Peters' clever, peppy "visuals" and provocative, catchy, often iconoclastic, and sometimes puzzling epigrams and one-liners, such as "Three cheers for screw-ups," "Specialists aren't special," and "[Today's] organizations [are] sandtraps of sobriety." Chapter titles include "Toward the Abandonment of Everything," "Corporation as Rolodex," and "Toward Wow!" Worried about missing out on the in-person enthusiasm? No problem! Also available is the "simultaneous Random House AudioBook" for only $12. MTV for MBAs. EX-A-LENT!!! David Rouse --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If this were the 1990's, this should get a 6 star review. The message is still critically important, and many fail to heed it. However, some of what Peters has said has come to pass to obviously that there are elements where the value prop is diminished. Worth listening to and understanding that revolution in business, constant radical change, and speed to decision are critical to business success.
it first came out in 1994 . . . it is a version of what he
charges business executives $2,000 or so to attend.
I just heard the taped version and though it is some 12 years
later, the material is still surprisingly current--if you can
overlook the examples of corporations that are no longer
around . . . this is made possible because of the fact, to
quote the subtitle, CRAZY TIMES CALL FOR CRAZY
ORGANIZATIONS . . . methinks that is true not only
in 2006, but will still be the case another 12 years from now.
As Peters notes, "Do something. Make things happen. It's
inaction that kills you." But what makes this author so
outstanding is that he just doesn't state a management
philosophy; rather, he shows by the use of real-life
companies and organizations how it can be implemented.
This particular program was narrated by Peters, which
added to my enjoyment . . . he is a dynamic speaker and, as
such, listening to him is even better than reading him.
By doing so, you'll gain some valuable insights as these:
* Once people don't know each other, it's time to break up
the company. Typically, that's at around 50-60 people.
* The average company suffers more from dullness than
* Interview 25 customers. Ask: What's it like to do deal with us?
* Update your resume twice a year. Forever.
* Do you keep asking yourself: What can I learn next?
* You must retool every 4-6 years.
* You're as good as your Rolodex.
* When you hire, look for passion, flexibility and excitement. And
for somebody WITH some glitches in his or her resume.
* When you go to work, consider it from the viewpoint of a fearful,
* Continually ask customers: Did you have a good time?
* Be able to answer this question in 25 words or less: What
makes you unique?
* New products at Ben & Jerry's must pass this test: Is it
This is a great book if you want to open your mind to new possibilities for your career. It helped shape my overall attitude about business by revealing some of what business can and must become. Much more concise and to the point and builds upon his prior, and more lengthy, books. It is one of his best if not 'the' best books he has written. Tom's energy is contagious. Worth every penny.
Years later I heard Mr. Peters speak in person, and my takeaway was the book does indeed capture his energy, as much as it's possible. It's no substitute for the real thing, but it's an admirabe replacement if that isn't possible.