Tom Peters

1942 -

A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on business, passion, and customers

If you love your company and love what you do, you will serve your customers better—period!

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: A Personal Top Ten Tom Quotes from London: http://www.tompeters.com/entries.php?rss=1&note=http://www.tompeters.com/blogs/main/010363.php

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, and business

Anybody who is an entrepreneur is a person who essentially has impaired judgment. The odds of success are zilch. This valley is loaded to the gills with a whole lot of totally insane people who honest to God believe that they can be the next Bill Gates or the next [Sun Microsystems CEO] Scott McNealy. And that is genuinely stupid. In the great city of San Francisco, where I used to live, at 2 in the morning every other Victorian [house] has somebody who is writing the great American novel. And the city is not loaded with James Joyces or Virginia Woolfs. But entrepreneurship is about distorted views of reality.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: Reason Magazine: The Peters Principle: http://www.reason.com/news/show/30404.html

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on business and entrepreneurship

My half-baked reading of history is that we continue to go through these waves of entrepreneurial explosion followed by merger mania and consolidation. Out of that come big sluggish companies that eventually collapse under the weight of what they've created, and are killed off by the next wave of entrepreneurs.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: Reason Magazine: The Peters Principle: http://www.reason.com/news/show/30404.html

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on business, artists, and competition

Steve Jobs is perhaps the most competitive human being I have ever met in my life, and yet I would argue one of the most artistic human beings I have ever met in my life. You can trash the movies all you want, but they do have an artistic component. And yet brutal competition knows no peers when it comes to Hollywood.

The 10 or 12 artists I have known really well all my life are at least as competitive as professional athletes. They may express it in slightly different terms, but you look at the Jackson Pollocks et al., and they are as interested in wall space in the galleries as Joe Montana is in the percentage of completed passes. So the notion that symphonic conducting, or stage play, or pure art, is not a competitive business is real bullshit.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: Reason Magazine: The Peters Principle: http://www.reason.com/news/show/30404.html

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on books and reading

I don't believe in holy writ. Buy fifty books or twenty-five books, take three weeks off, read them and make up your own theory. The fact that you end up literally burning twenty-two out of twenty-five books is beside the point.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: Tom Peters Interview: Tom Peters discusses Re-imagine: http://www.managementconsultingnews.com/interviews/peters_interview.php

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on excellence

We got it right when we said that we were in search of excellence. Not competitive advantage. Not economic growth. Not market dominance or strategic differentiation. Not maximized shareholder value. Excellence. It's just as true today. Business isn't some disembodied bloodless enterprise. Profit is fine -- a sign that the customer honors the value of what we do. But "enterprise" (a lovely word) is about heart. About beauty. It's about art. About people throwing themselves on the line. It's about passion and the selfless pursuit of an ideal. It's about John Young sitting in his little cubicle working in his shirtsleeves. It's cool. In Search of Excellence -- even the title -- is a reminder that business isn't dry, dreary, boring, or by the numbers. Life at work can be cool -- and work that's cool isn't confined to Tiger Woods, Yo-Yo Ma, or Tom Hanks. It's available to all of us and any of us.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: Tom Peters's True Confessions: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/53/peters.html

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on innovation and change

Nearly 100% of innovation -- from business to politics -- is inspired not by "market analysis" but by people who are supremely pissed off by the way things are.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: Tom Peters's True Confessions: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/53/peters.html

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on employees, customers, and business

CEO Hal Rosenbluth chronicled the incredible success of his travel-services firm, Rosenbluth Internationl, in...

The Customer Comes Second.

Love that title!

Who comes first? Don't be silly, says King Hal; it's employees. That is -- and this dear Watson, is elementary -- if you genuinely want to put customers first, you must put employees more first.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: The Pursuit of Wow!, Pages: 55

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on passion, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs, and start-ups

Passion. The life of an entrepreneur is occasionally exhilirating, and almost always exhausting. Only unbridled passion for the concept is likely to see you through the 17-hour days (month after month) and the painful mistakes that are part and parcel of the start-up process.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: The Pursuit of Wow!, Pages: 116

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on community and business

Community. A friend started a real estate brokerage a few years ago. By the time she'd added her second employee, she was a pillar of her 35,000-person community. No rule says that only the local banker or car dealer can organize the program to raise supplemental funds for the public library or send the high school band on a well-earned special trip. Participating in community affairs, with time more than dollars, is good business from day one. It gets your name around, adds to your distinctiveness, and, best of all, makes you an attractive employer (which is the key to sustained success).

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: The Pursuit of Wow!, Pages: 117

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