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The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence

The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence

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By (author) Thomas J. Peters

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  • Publisher: HarperBusiness
  • Format: Hardback | 576 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 213mm x 43mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 22 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0061894087
  • ISBN 13: 9780061894084
  • Sales rank: 126,172

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There is little doubt that no one, with the exception of Peter Drucker, has had more influence in shaping the idea of modern management than Tom Peters. Peters still has the same vigor and enthusiasm he had when the classic "In Search of Excellence" was published in 1982. Unlike so many dry, boring books on business, Tom Peters has a compelling, in-your-face style that makes this book as fun to read as it is insightful. An enemy of conformist 'suits', mindless mega-mergers, and the status quo, Peters urges readers to embrace diversity, cherish weirdness, and manage by turning off the computer and hitting the streets. This is one of those rare business books that is as essential for the small business owner or freelancer as it is for the head of a major corporation. Beginning with a fiery call-to-arms to companies and businesspeople to get 'back to basics', this book is the guidebook on how to excel at the people side of business and a reminder to 'never forget why you're here'. Some examples of Tom's timeless wisdom include: Love Your Competitors; Leave Your Wallet at Home; Appoint an Ombudsman for Common Sense; and, Cut Red Tape. Now more than ever, businesspeople need a voice of experience and wisdom to guide us through this time of financial uncertainty. Tom Peters is - as he always has been - just that voice.

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Tomas J. Peters's first book, In Search of Excellence (coauthored with Robert Waterman), originally published in 1982, was an instant bestseller and in 1999 was named "One Of the Top Three Business Books of the Century" by NPR. He followed its success with a string of international bestsellers, including A Passion for Excellence (coauthored with Nancy Austin), Thriving on Chaos, Liberation Management, The Tom Peters Seminar, The Pursuit of WOW!, among many others. A much sought-after speaker, Peters gives seminars all over the world, as many as fifty a year.

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By Andrew Ritchie 08 Jul 2011 4

The Big Little Things is bold and brash, in content and format. Taken from 'success tips' posted to his blog the book is a list of short, sharp ideas, thoughts and rants of whatever was most on his mind at the time and is presented with lots of large, bold attention grapping typeface with lots of repetition to make sure you have got the point.

Once I'd got used to the style I found that it worked well. The book isn't intended to explore thoughts and ideas in great deal and it certainly isn't a prescriptive approach to improving your business. It is intended to help you think and act on little things that actually make business work so much more effectively and efficiently.

Some of the little things include, thanking people, apologising and being punctual but with so much more as well.

You may not agree with or act on all these ideas but I'd say everybody should be able to take away enough reminders of just how important little things can be to justify investing the time and cost in this book.

After all, we all what to be Excellent, don't we?

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"Those who want to improve their business, whether a boss or an employee, will find great ideas in this compelling and very browsable book."--Library Journal