The Excellence Dividend
Tom Peters’ new book is a bundle of beautiful dynamite. While I’ve been a CEO for 30 years (arguably, 50 years), I still learned much worth knowing from The Excellence Dividend. You will too.” John C. Bogle, founder, Vanguard
Here’s what you need to know: This is 100% pure, unfiltered, unexpurgated, Tom Peters. THIS IS THE REAL DEAL. PERIOD.” Seth Godin, Author, Linchpin
For decades, Tom Peters has been preaching the gospel of putting people first, and in today’s rapidly changing business environment, this message is more important than ever.
Gallup numbers show that fewer than one-third of employees feel engaged with their work, and one study suggests that fully half of American jobs are at risk due to technology. AI’s reach is even beginning to encroach on those in the professions—doctors, lawyers, and engineers. In short, this affects 100 percent of us now.
The Excellence Dividend stems from a simple proposition that an unabashed commitment to excellence in all we do is the best defense—and offense—in the face of overwhelming change. Peters shows that nothing beats a high-quality product or service, designed and delivered by people who are as dedicated to one another as they are to their shared goal. With his unparalleled expertise and inimitable charisma, Peters offers brilliantly simple, actionable guidelines for success that any business leader can immediately implement. He provides a road map for your organization and for you as an individual to thrive amid the tech tsunami, and he has a lot of fun doing it. The Excellence Dividend is an important new book from one of today’s greatest business thinkers.
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Wow jumps off every page of Tom Peters’ book, The Excellence Dividend, delivering brilliant insights and imploring business leaders to change before it’s too late.”Cheryl Burgess, CEO, Blue Focus Marketing and Author, The Social Employee
Optimists take heart! Tom Peters turns up the volume in this wildly inspiring guide for anyone fearful that the robots will make us all obsolete. Excellence, it turns out, offers the best path to survival. Machines may be smart but passion, inspiration, kindness and the ability to actually care are smarter.”Sally Helgesen, Author, The Female Advantage and The Female Vision, Co-author How Women Rise
Ever since the 1982 publication of In Search of Excellence, Tom Peters has shaped the way an entire generation of entrepreneurs looks at business. Now, thank goodness, he’s back at it, applying his unquenchable passion for excellence to an utterly transformed world that needs his wisdom more than ever.”Bo Burlingham, former Inc. editor and Author, Small Giants and Finish Big
We spend our entire lives searching for purpose. Tom Peters found his early and never wavered. For the rest of us, thank God he did! Tom’s lifelong pursuit of Excellence has paid dividends in my life and millions of others. He inspired me to pursue joy and decades later he still inspires me with his writing and his passion. Thank you, Tom, for putting Excellence front and center in a world that far too often is willing to settle for less. Your encouraging and demanding voice reminds to us never give up. If we are wise enough to listen, we will receive dividends that last a lifetime.”Rich Sheridan, CEO and Chief Storyteller of Menlo Innovations, Author, Joy, Inc. How We Built a Workplace People Love
Since I was very young I was passionate about business and entrepreneurship. In 1985 I was twelve years old when my father gave me my first Tom Peters book. It began a journey with this man, whom I have never met, but have studied and admired from afar all these years.
As I got older I realized that twenty-five years before anyone was taking seriously the soft side of business and its impact on excellence and success, Mr. Peters was pioneering the essential thought surrounding employee engagement and a dozen other topics that are popular today.
The future of corporate training belongs to those who realize that if you teach people things in a way that applies to both their personal life and professional life, retention will be ten-fold. Mr. Peters worked this out decades ago. Read The Excellence Dividend with that in mind and you will see what I mean. It is genius. My only other advice is when you are done, order a copy of everything he has ever written. I’d rather hire someone who has studied his writings than someone who has an MBA.
Wherever there is huge success you usually find a few copy cats, but this has never happened in Mr. Peters’ case. Most business authors, speakers, consultants have about ten pages of good stuff which they expand into a hundred and eighty pages to make it look like a book. As you read and study Mr. Peters, you realize every chapter could have been a book unto itself, and at times you come across a paragraph and think, ‘Wow, that idea would make a great book.’ But he gave it to you in one paragraph.
Tom Peters is a fearless thinker with a once in a generation mind. Open this book to any page, start reading, and ten minutes later you will know this is true.” Matthew Kelley, CEO of Floyd Consulting and New York Times bestselling author of The Dream Manager
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 … ” Publishers Weekly
Half-part swan song, half coda to Tom Peters’ career spent perceptively examining the dusty corners of business management-turned-leadership, and publishing his conclusions, The Excellence Dividend, brings us the curtain call of one of the grand-daddies of the leadership literature.
From In Search of Excellence, to this self-declared final offering 35 years later, Peters has always been original, commanding and cutting-edge. If you think you’ve heard or read it all, you’ll be happily invigorated by The Excellence Dividend’s combination and recombination of research, anecdote, analysis and pithy quotables. By turns amusing, stimulating and complacency-disturbing, Peters provides true food for thought—the sort you’ll mentally chew on through the day and which may gnaw on you through the night. A personal favorite: Peters’ Home Depot visit that opens chapter seven—The Tech Tsunami. Oh, the unintended consequences of choices great and small. We will miss Peters’ finely tuned voice of guidance as the future unfurls but I’m grateful for this last book, if it is in fact his final gift.Whitney Johnson, Thinkers50, author, Build an A Team
In the era of automation and artificial intelligence, many blue- and white-collar jobs are at risk, so what is left for people to do? Focus on excellence, answers Tom Peters, a management guru with 50 years of industry experience. He challenges companies to think of employees as their number-one customer, which, he notes, will lead to emotional experiences that attract customers, create new jobs, and define culture. At first glance, readers may be surprised by Peters’ stream-of-consciousness writing style, which offers short, insightful quips in a conversational tone, but they’ll be quickly drawn in. The book flows in a section and subsection format, tackling such topics as listening, job security, and “We are who we hang out with.” Chapters are punctuated with insights like, “Whoever tries the most stuff wins,” and quotes from well-known leaders interwoven with the author’s personal stories and advice. This book offers a fresh perspective on sustaining business in the tech age and is sure to be a popular read for both employees and business leaders.Jennifer Adams, Booklist
Tom Peters is a unique and compelling voice of passion, enthusiasm, and insight into organizational and managerial life. The Excellence Dividend proves that his thoughts are as vital now as they ever were.Stuart Crainer, cofounder Thinkers50
Tom Peters continues to push our thinking and shape our practices. His passion for people, innovation, and leadership—critical ingredients fueling a culture of excellence—is contagious.Marianne Lewis, Dean and Professor of Management, Cass Business School, City University of London
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If Tom Peters isn’t giving up in search of excellence, why should I?,
Claudia Vidal, CIO New Zealand, 13 March 2018