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 to 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.
Our Cool Friend Richard Thaler was awarded a Nobel prize! We applaud him and his work in Behavioral Economics, a field he is considered by many to have invented. We interviewed him back in 2008, soon after his book Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness, written with Cass Sunstein (a lawyer), was first published. The nub is that you may think you're making rational financial decisions, but maybe you're not. To get an idea of what his work is about, you can read our Cool Friend interview, or this article from the Economist, which describes the theory simply and completely. Congratulations to Richard Thaler from Tom and all of us here at tompeters.com!
There's an opportunity for our readers in the UK to see Tom on BBC Two, tonight, 11 October 2017, at 8:00 p.m. Due to rights issues, the BBC iPlayer works in the UK only. Here's the link.
The BBC Two series to which Tom contributed is on the subject of Work. He thoroughly enjoyed his time with the uber-professional crew from this show. Jacques Peretti and Edmund Moriarty were incredibly well-versed in the workplace issues and business culture of the '80s, thereby sparking Tom's insights from the days of In Search of Excellence.
In general, the series explores how we got to this place where work infringes on all places and times of our lives. Check it out!
As the battle over the Affordable Care Act is waged in Congress, the uncertainty grows for those whose job it is to deliver healthcare to our rapidly aging population. Tom is in San Francisco speaking to the leaders of one of the largest U.S. healthcare providers, Dignity Health.
He remains steadfast: The theme of the speech is Excellence. (What else?) Striving toward excellence in all patient-staff interactions remains the best defense against the madness of the times. Though Tom insists on calling Excellence not "defense," but "offense"—that is, as he told us, "taking the lead and pre-empting the change with superb patient interactions in terms of outcomes and the experience the care provider offers."
"Too Much Cost, Not Enough Value"
"Too Much Speculation, Not Enough Investment"
"Too Much Complexity, Not Enough Simplicity"
"Too Much Counting, Not Enough Trust"
"Too Much Business Conduct, Not Enough Professional Conduct"
"Too Much Salesmanship, Not Enough Stewardship"
"Too Much Focus on Things, Not Enough Focus on Commitment"
"Too Many Twenty-first Century Values, Not Enough Eighteenth-Century Values"
"Too Much 'Success,' Not Enough Character"
Not much more to be said, eh?
(Here's the genesis of the title: "At a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island, Kurt Vonnegut informs his pal, Joseph Heller, that their host, a hedge fund manager, had made more money in a single day than Heller had earned from his wildly popular novel Catch-22 over its whole history. Heller responds ... 'Yes, but I have something he will never have ... ENOUGH.'" FYI: The book title is Enough.—that is, enough, period.)
I'm speaking in Toronto to the conference of my dreams—"Private Company Managers Annual Meeting." For me, it's a one-two punch. First, the best of the best, the winners in Deloitte's "Canada's Best Managed Program." Second, the group consists entirely of mid-sized companies.
The "gurus" (whoops, including me) seem to focus almost exclusively on giant firms. Yet it's the SMEs who create (in every nation) de facto ALL the new jobs—and readily come out on top when it comes to innovation.
What a treat—and a privilege—it will be to hang out with these folks!