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The 29 January 2018 issue of Publisher's Weekly includes a starred review of Tom's book, The Excellence Dividend, to be published in March by Vintage. Tom is very pleased with the special recognition from the insider's source of info on upcoming books.
Publisher's Weekly has subscription only website access, so if you're one of their subscribers, you can find the review on page 178 of the print publication, or by searching on PublishersWeekly.com.
Here's a sample:
Peters, a veteran business writer, delivers a superb business tome intended to capture his 'thinking over the past five decades' and show its applicability to the 21st century. Peters does a commendable job of parsing an impressive amount of material into easily digestible bites, beginning with simple and elegant definitions of what excellence looks like at work ... ”
Kudos to Tom!
Profit Through Putting People First Business Book Club
Business by and large has a lousy rep, and management books by and large focus on things that are broken and how to fix them. Yet there is also a robust body of "good news by putting people (REALLY) first" books—e.g., the informal list below. How about a year-long ... "Profit Through Putting People First Business Book Club" for you and/or your leadership team?
- Nice Companies Finish First: Why Cutthroat Management Is Over—and Collaboration Is In, by Peter Shankman with Karen Kelly
- Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Business Where Everyone Thrives, by Kip Tindell, CEO Container Store
- Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, by John Mackey, CEO Whole Foods, and Raj Sisodia
- Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose, by Raj Sisodia, Jag Sheth, and David Wolfe
- The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits, by Zeynep Ton
- Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love, by Richard Sheridan, CEO Menlo Innovations
- Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job, by Dennis Bakke, former CEO, AES
- Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down, by Vineet Nayar, CEO, HCL Technologies
- The Customer Comes Second: Put Your People First and Watch 'Em Kick Butt, by Hal Rosenbluth, former CEO, Rosenbluth International, and Diane McFerrin Peters
- Patients Come Second: Leading Change by Changing the Way You Lead, by Paul Spiegelman and Britt Berrett
- It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy, by Mike Abrashoff, former commander, USS Benfold
- Turn the Ship Around: How to Create Leadership at Every Level, by David Marquet
- Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, by Bo Burlingham
- Hidden Champions: Success Strategies of Unknown World Market Leaders, by Hermann Simon (#1 "management guru"/Germany)
- Retail Superstars: Inside the 25 Best Independent Stores in America, by George Whalin
- The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, by Rich Karlgaard, publisher, Forbes
- Everybody Wins: The Story and Lessons Behind RE/MAX, by Phil Harkins and Keith Hollihan
- The Dream Manager, by Matthew Kelly
- Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, by Tony Hsieh, Zappos
- Camellia: A Very Different Company (company publication)
- Fans, Not Customers: How to Create Growth Companies in a No Growth World,
by Vernon Hill
- Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School, by Richard Branson
- Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, by
- Enough. The Measures of Money, Business, and Life, by John Bogle
- An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization, by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey
We created ExcellenceNow.com as a way to showcase a very special slide presentation that Tom had been working on. We've done a complete redesign of the site, and it will now be the knowledge center for all of Tom's work. You will find slides, thought pieces, and videos there. We're launching the new version of ExcellenceNow.com on Thursday, February 1. Stay tuned!
The Excellence Dividend is about three things. (1) How to survive/thrive in the Age of AI: emphasize humanity of what you do, sharpen your curiosity & playfulness, commit to radical growth for yourself & anyone you supervise. (2) Summary of 51 years' learnings. (3) Tribute to supercool SMEs.
800-CEO-READ is the go-to place for businesspeople at all levels to find suggestions for books that they should be reading now. Founder Jack Covert established an eponymous annual award for those who have made a significant contribution to the business book industry, publishers, agents, etc. Tom is thrilled to have been honored with the 2017 Award—he's the first author receive it—which he will be given at the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards on January 18, 2018, in New York City. Jack notes in the press release about the choice, "When you look at authors who established 'business books' as a significant genre within publishing, Tom Peters is the stand out. Tom's first book took business books from the dusty part of the bookstore to the window. It showed the industry that a well written, intelligent business book can sell, and it's never stopped selling. Tom's contribution to the genre has lasted well over three decades." Read more here.
Today, Tom spoke to a very full house at the BBC Distinguished Speakers Series at Saïd Business School in Oxford. That's only one of the highlights of his London trip, however.
On Monday night he received his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Thinkers50 Gala, where he was introduced by old friend Charles Handy. The photos in this post as well as this linked piece at Forbes.com capture the spirit of the evening: Thinking About the 2017 Thinkers50 Gala. Our thanks to its author Dan Pontefract, a fellow business author and fan of Tom, for his unique perspective on the event. Tom also took part in the day-long event prior to the gala, discussing current business issues with Nilofer Merchant.
On Tuesday, Tom spoke to a class at the Cass Business School at City, University of London, followed by a lively appearance with Marianne Lewis, Dean and Professor of Management at Cass to a Global Consulting Consortium.
It's been an exciting week for Tom in the UK!
Tom was featured on the What's Next! podcast with Tiffani Bova, and the subject was "The Culture of Excellence." They couldn't have found a better spokesperson on the topic than Tom! Find it here.
Tom has been recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Thinkers50. He will receive the award at a gala in London on 13 November. Thinkers50 is an organization that ranks management thinkers and offers support, training, and development assistance to those who seek help improving their own business. Its founders, Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove, are authors of many popular books and editors of the Financial Times Handbook of Management. They started the Thinkers50 list in 2001 to highlight the work of influential business thought leaders. Tom is thrilled to have his lifetime work recognized with this honor. Read the whole story here.