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Meet the Best ~ 33: Thomas J. Peters
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What would your life be like if you had a personal mentor
to guide you on a daily, weekly and monthly basis -- on
information products of your choosing?
Certainly your life is worth investing in yourself.
Here is a mentor who has touched our lives for many years
and we are pleased to share him with you in this entry of
Meet the Best.
Introducing with appreciation and gratitude this month's
"meet the best" mentor Thomas J. Peters.
Thomas J. Peters (with co-author Robert H. Waterman, Jr.)
came into Dr. Rae's life in the 80's while in Foundations of
Education Graduate School as a teaching fellow when she
wanted to learn more about excellence in every aspect of life.
In Search of Excellence: Lessons from Americas Best Run
Companies is a book about being the best, and being
excellent with less stress.
Here are a few excerpts for your consideration from In Search
of Excellence [1982 edition]...
"This book...is an attempt to generalize about what the excellent
companies seem to be doing that the rest are not, and to buttress
our observations on the excellent companies with sound social
and economic theory. ...employ field data too often overlooked
in books on management--namely, specific, concrete examples
from the companies themselves." [pp. xxiii-xxiv]
"The eight attributes that emerged to characterize most nearly
the distinction of the excellent, innovative companies... 1. A bias
for action,...2. Close to the customer. ...3. Autonomy and entrepre-
neurship. ...4. Productivity through people. ...5. Hands on, value
driven. ...6. Stick to the knitting. ...7. Simple form, lean staff. ...
8. Simultaneous loose-tight properties. ..." [pp. 13-15]
"To the extent that culture and shared values are important in
unifying the social dimensions of an organization, managed
evolution is important in keeping a company adaptive." [p. 106]
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