If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade. Tom Peter
Stellar teams are invariably made up of quirky individuals who typically rub each other raw, but they figure out - with the spiritual help of a gifted leader - how to be their peculiar selves and how to win championships as a team...at the same time.
As project chief you are creating a narrative, a story, a good yarn. If you look at the process-journey that way, you and your gang will ... dramatically up the odds of a WOW outcome!
The common wisdom is that ... managers have to learn to motivate people. Nonsense. Employees bring their own motivation.
Organize as much as possible around teams, to achieve enhanced focus, task orientation, innovativeness, and individual commitment.
In today's economy there are no experts, no 'best and brightest' with all the answers. It's up to each one of us. The only way to screw up is to not try anything.
Advantage comes not from the spectacular or the technical. Advantage comes from a persistent seeking of the mundane edge.
Organizations exist to serve. Period. Leaders live to serve. Period.
You have to stand out if you want to move up.
The greatest difficulty in the world is not for people to accept new ideas, but to make them forget old ideas.
To sell is above all to master the art and science of listening.
I'm fundamentally not interested in the Fortune 500 companies - in US, Mexico, anywhere. The real backbones of economic growth are small and medium businesses.
The 'value added' for most any company, tiny or enormous, comes from the Quality of Experience provided.
Have you set high standards in the past that make it clear what level of performance you demand?
Like it or not - and often we don't - power is a pervasive phenomenon. From midnight decisions in the Oval Office that risk the lives of young Americans to quarrels over the kitchen table, power is part of every human equation. Yes, it can be - and often is - abused, in business as in all arenas of
If you're not confused, you're not paying attention. Tom Peter
Divas do it, golfers do it, pilots do it, violists do it, sprinters do it, soldiers do it, surgeons do it, astronauts do it...only business people think it isn't necessary to train.
Oh Lord, there it is again. The question;" What kind of business should I start?" Incidentially, it has a twin that also sets me off: "What should I specialize in during the second year of my MBA studies?" Sorry, but those are two of the most profoundly upsetting questions anyone can ask - upsetting
We found that the most exciting environments, that treated people very well, are also tough as nails. There is no bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo... excellent companies provide two things simultaneously: tough environments and very supportive environments.
Lists simplify, clarify, edify.
The company's most urgent task is to learn to welcome, beg for, demand - innovation from everyone.
Remember my mantra: distinct... or extinct.
WORK ON YOUR STORY! He/she who has the best story wins! In life! In business! The White House!
Power lies in the details, and the tenacious pursuit of such hidden levers can pay off enormously. While you don't want to get a reputation as a prissy worrywart, worrying about the details in private is important. You may think you are the world's greatest speaker, but if the auditorium's sound sys
There's nobody in the world that wouldn't change places with the Americans. The economy is phenomenally large, the entrepreneurial class is very alive and very well, the universities, despite budget problems, still turn out something like 90 percent of the refereed academic and technical articles in
Something mysterious happens to a curious, fully engaged mind - and it happens as often as not, subconsciously. Strange little sparks are set off, connections made, insights triggered
I'm about as far from being a flag-waver - you won't find any American flag pins in my drawer - as someone can be.
Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.
Winston Churchill said that appetite was the most important thing about education. Leadership guru Warren Bennis says he wants to be remembered as 'curious to the end.' David Ogilvy contends that the greatest ad copywriters are marked by an insatiable curiosity 'about every subject under the sun.'
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.