Archives: September 2010

Tom's Events

We’re happy to announce a new feature at the site. For those fans who were missing our former calendar of Tom’s events, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve added a Tom’s Events section in the right column here at the front page of tompeters.com. It’s right over there under the video box. We’ll be updating the list to include only upcoming events that are open to the public. We’re hoping this will make it easier for you to make plans to see Tom speak.

Little BIG Video #42
Excellence:
Thoughts on Tom Watson

In video number 42 from The Little BIG Things Video Series, Tom shares the secret of Excellence according to Tom Watson, founder of IBM.

You can find the video in the right column of the front page of tompeters.com or you can watch the video on YouTube. [Time: 1 minute, 49 seconds] You can also download a PDF transcript of the video’s content: Excellence: Thoughts on Tom Watson.

The Little BIG Things
Synopsis Series
#7 Recession46
#8 Self

It’s time for two new sections in The Little BIG Things Synopsis Series. The next two sections in The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence are titled “Special Section: The Recession 46″ and “Self.” The Special Section offers strategies for coping with the economic crisis. The “Self” section focuses on adjusting your attitude and working on your story, things that elevate your personal brand.

You can download free pdfs of those sections from The Little BIG Things Synopsis Series* by clicking below:
#7 Special Section: The Recession 46
#8 Self

*The Synopsis Series is an adaptation that gives you a taste of the BIG idea in each of the 163 Little BIG Things. More information on the book can be found on this page. The Synopsis Series as released thus far can be found here.

Cool Friend #151:
Maddy Dychtwald

New Cool Friend Maddy Dychtwald is the coauthor of Influence: How Women’s Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better. She and Erik Hansen discuss the increase in women’s economic power and her belief that women will be “the biggest change agent of the next several decades.” She dispels some myths about women-owned businesses and proposes that we can all help this change along by “fostering financial knowledge, education, and expertise for ourselves and for women and girls.”

Read the interview and find out more about her at Age Wave or her blog, Influence.

Little BIG Video #41
Leadership:
The Power of Apology

In video number 41 from The Little BIG Things Video Series, Tom encourages us to become students of apology. He says, “Learning how to apologize effectively is the real essence of strategic strength.”

You can find the video in the right column of the front page of tompeters.com or you can watch the video on YouTube. [Time: 3 minutes, 2 seconds] You can also download a PDF transcript of the video’s content: Leadership: The Power of Apology.

X2: REALLY First Things Before First Things

I have a new habit. Before flashing my title slide up on the screen these days, I offer up two others first—or “REALLY First Things Before First Things.” I label them “X2.” Or: “The Excellence TWO.” They encompass two central ideas that often get lost in a list of 10 or 20 key ideas—or never make the list at all.

They encompass two notions of … Surpassing Strategic Importance.

Two notions we all “care about”—but two notions that we frequently fail to … OBSESS … on. And it is precisely … OBSESSION … that is called for.

The X2:

EXCELLENCE in Cross-functional Communication and Integration.
EXCELLENCE in 1st-line management.

Check out the attached pdf.
Then act … TODAY.

The Little BIG Things
Synopsis Series
#5 Opportunity
#6 Resilience

It’s time for two new sections in The Little BIG Things Synopsis Series. The next two sections in The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence are titled “Opportunity” and “Resilience.” Both new sections focus on how to respond to difficult times.

You can download free pdfs of those sections from The Little BIG Things Synopsis Series* by clicking below:
#5 Opportunity
#6 Resilience

*The Synopsis Series is an adaptation that gives you a taste of the BIG idea in each of the 163 Little BIG Things. More information on the book can be found on this page. The Synopsis Series as released thus far can be found here.

Little BIG Video #40
Strategy: Sock Solution

In video number 40 from The Little BIG Things Video Series, Tom asks us to look for solutions that are astonishingly powerful, yet astonishingly unsexy.

You can find the video in the right column of the front page of tompeters.com or you can watch the video on YouTube. [Time: 2 minutes, 54 seconds] You can also download a PDF transcript of the video’s content: Strategy: Sock Solution.

20 Questions

Tom is featured in the Financial Times 20 Questions series today. He’s asked, among other things, what he likes and hates about his job, what he’s reading, and how he deals with critics. Don’t miss his answer to the worst thing ever said about him—it was from Peter Drucker.

A Collection of Summary Presentations

Herewith for your amusement* …

First Things First
The “3H Theory of Everything”
The “9H Theory of Everything”
Words to the Wise
Cause. Space. Decency.
PXX. Period.

(*Okay, “amusement,” but I’m rather happy with this set.)