The staff of Tom Peters Company in the UK sat down with Tom to talk about personal development. Tom spoke about what he calls "the one thing I've learned 'for sure'" in his decades-long career, "Whoever Tries the Most Stuff Wins." Start yourself on the road to personal development by watching the video that came out of the conversation:
Tom's in Orlando speaking to the 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Professional Landmen.
Here are the PowerPoints: the one he used at the meeting and the long version:
In a conversation with colleague Shelley Dolley, Tom describes one of his most effective speaking strategies. When he's preparing his speech, he doesn't think about the client or just any audience member. Watch this video in our Off the Cuff series to hear about who Tom's keeping in his mind's eye while he's on stage at one of the more than 3,000 speeches he's given.
You can find the video at YouTube (time: 2 minutes 49 seconds).
Wee tweetstream last week:
Profit is good stuff. But never forget it's DERIVATIVE. Horse that draws the cart is excellent work/fabulous people/great relationships.
Don't get sucked into "scalable." First you need something fabulous/road-tested to scale.
Don't get sucked in by "unicornism." Odds of becoming a unicorn same as winning the lottery. Just do great work.
Fabulous work. Great relationships. The rest is details.
I BANG (!!!!!!!!) EIGHT BOOKS (heavy load!) ON THE PODIUM DURING MY SPEECHES.
They fall into two categories:
The first set of four makes it clear that there is more to life than the giant firms the “gurus” focus on (I’m often guilty). There are a ton of excellent/amazing/super-cool mid-sized businesses out there to emulate. Many are in "boring" industries. My name for them is "Small-ish/Mid-sized Niche Dominators." THEY ARE THE BACKBONE OF NATIONAL ECONOMIC EXCELLENCE. (Poster children: Germany's Mittelstand—until recently, Germany was the world's #1 exporter, courtesy their mid-sized dynamos; one report called the mittelstanders "agile creatures darting between the legs of the multinational monsters.") The slogan that captures the nature of these firms best comes from George Whalin in Retail Superstars: "Be the best. It's the only market that's not crowded."
The next three books focus on the so-called "soft stuff"—e.g., putting people (REALLY) first. The Soft Edge in particular is a gem among gems. (Soft Edge is particularly near and dear to my heart. I've long said that In Search of Excellence can be captured in just six words:"Hard is soft. Soft is hard." The so-called "hard" stuff—such as the plans and the numbers—are really the soft, squishy, and often fictional stuff. The so-called "soft" stuff—such as the people and culture and relationships—are the true "hard" Bedrock of Excellence.)
The last, The Second Machine Age, is simply the best book written to date on the implications of the tech tsunami that is rolling in.
To wit ...
Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, by Bo Burlingham
Retail Superstars: Inside the 25 Best Independent Stores in America, by George Whalin
Hidden Champions: Success Strategies of Unknown World Market Leaders, by Hermann Simon (said by some to be Germany's #1 "management guru")
The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, by Rich Karlgaard, publisher, Forbes
Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love, by Richard Sheridan, CEO Menlo Innovations
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, MIT
Tom spends a few months in New Zealand at the start of each year. While he's there, he often pops over to the University of Auckland Business School for a visit. It's refreshing to look at business issues from the perspective of the other side of the world. UABS's connectivity expert, Darl Kolb, has had Tom guest lecture in his class, and recently wrote about the experience.
My monster PP collection—THE WORKS/1966–2016 at excellencenow.com—ends with an Appendix of "Best Slides," about 200 thereof.
Since that appendix is in a way a summary, I decided to convert it to a PDF document. You will find that document below.
It ended up being 49 pages long, encompassing about 13,000 words of text. I have beefed the slides up a bit to offer some "stand alone" coherence to the doc.
All yours ...
If you love Tom's slides, and have been looking for a simple way to share them online, we have some great news for you. We've uploaded the first chapter of The Works to SlideShare. You can find it here: The Works: Chapter 1 Execution.