With The Excellence Dividend in stores, Tom's actively putting bits of wisdom from the book onto many media outlets. Here's a video on LinkedIn where he encourages leaders to pay attention to Peter Drucker.
Tom's in Columbus, OH, for their Columbus 2020 campaign, an initiative to promote growth in the region. Columbus 2020 is the economic development organization that helps coordinate efforts by private businesses to expand in partnership with state and local government.
Slides are here:
Columbus 2020, Columbus, OH
We're thrilled to announce that Tom's new book, The Excellence Dividend, is now available in the U.S. The audio, print, or ebook versions can be ordered online, or you can visit your favorite local independent bookstore to pick up a copy.
As Tom says: "We are in a time of incredible change. My bottom line is that there is an effective way to master and profit from the madness. And, yes, the answer is excellence. It is hard work, but it is eminently doable. And infinitely rewarding at a personal as well as professional level."
Find out more about The Excellence Dividend at excellencedividend.com.
As we approach the publication of The Excellence Dividend, Radio New Zealand did an interview with Tom about his new book. On the RNZ program Nine to Noon, Tom spoke about "thriving in the tech tide." Listen here.
A Danish serial entrepreneur, Jonathan Løw, has written a book of advice to other entrepreneurs on vision, culture, and best practices. He calls it The Guru Book, and he included some thoughts by Tom on the subject of listening. The international edition is out today. Visit the book website for further info.
Tom introduced The Excellence Dividend at the University of Auckland Business School. The first of his appearances for the book promotion was at their event for International Women's Day. If you were in the audience, we hope you enjoyed it!
One of Tom's first duties in his new role as Distinguished Adjunct Professor of the University of Auckland Business School is to give a speech about his new book, The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work That Wows and Jobs That Last. The speech is free, so we hope all our Kiwi friends are able to attend.
Details: 8 March 2018, noon to 1:00 p.m., University of Auckland School of Business, Glenn Building, Grafton Road, Auckland. Invitation and registration.
"The most important personal 'core competence' by far is a rich set of relationships."—Tom Peters
In a recent seminar for a New York-based construction management company, our team of 24 senior supervisors was surprised by a realization about the real key to their success.
Trained as engineers, the group assumed that their technical expertise was their most important "core competence." But as we contemplated the skills that were most critical to the functioning of the company's safety effort, and to marketing their services, and in their ability to manage huge projects by coordinating the efforts of carpenters, electricians, architects, in the midst of other workers pouring concrete and operating giant cranes in the crowded Manhattan landscape, it became clear that the quality of communication was the most important element in their work.
One of the participants experienced this as an epiphany. He exclaimed, "Oh my God. I get it: We're not in the construction business, we are in the relationship business."
We are all in the relationship business!
Leaders who cultivate the "core competence" of relationship building will have an increasingly powerful competitive advantage. But, skills of listening and communicating seem to be declining rapidly as we are awash in a tsunami of spam, bloated by infobesity, and addicted to electronic substitutes for face-to-face communication.
The single greatest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place successfully, according to George Bernard Shaw. The illusion is compounded by email and texting.
So, make it a priority to meet with the important people in your life one-on-one, face-to face, and practice giving them your full attention as you embrace humility. Contemporary research* confirms that humble leaders are more effective at facilitating employee engagement and encouraging a collaborative approach to learning.
Humility generates curiosity and a commitment to continuous learning—the foundation for developing the relationship building skills every leader needs now.
[CM: Guest post by Michael J. Gelb, a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, executive coaching, and innovative leadership. He is the author of 15 books including How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci and The Art of Connection. Website: www.michaelgelb.com]
*("Expressed Humility in Organizations: Implications for Performance, Teams, and Leadership," Bradley Owens et.al. Organization Science 4, 10/13)
Visit ExcellenceNow.com right now! Today is launch day. We've done a major overhaul of the site just for you. We promise you'll find hundreds of thought-provoking slides, documents, and videos, all from Tom. This is a singular location for inspiration. Enjoy!
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!