Inspiration: Tom Peters

I had a rough day. I've had a rough week. Maybe it's been a month. I needed some inspiration. Today I reviewed quite a few slides from Tom Peters, here are some favorites to share:

If you donâ?'t like change, youâ??re going to like irrelevance even less. – General Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff. U. S. Army

Only the constant pursuit of innovation can ensure long-term success. – Daniel Muzyka, Dean, Sauder School of Business, Univ of British Columbia (FT/2004)

The Cracked Ones Let in the Light – Tom Peters

Our business needs a massive transfusion of talent, and talent, I believe, is most likely to be found among non-conformists, dissenters and rebels. – David Ogilvy

People want to be part of something larger than themselves. They want to be part of something theyâ??re really proud of, that theyâ??ll fight for, sacrifice for, trust. – Howard Schultz, Starbucks (IBD/09.05)

If things seem under control, youâ??re just not going fast enough. – Mario Andretti

The First step in a â??dramaticâ?? organizational change program is obviousâ??dramatic personal change! – RG

A body can pretend to care, but they canâ?'t pretend to be there. – Texas Bix Bender

Ninety percent of what we call â??managementâ?? consists of making it difficult for people to get things done. â?? Peter Drucker

Execution is a systematic process of rigorously discussing hows and whats, tenaciously following through, and ensuring accountability. – Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan/ Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

The top software developers are more productive than average software developers not by a factor of 10X or 100X, or even 1,000X, but 10,000X. – Nathan Myhrvold, former Chief Scientist, Microsoft

And a favorite of mine:

Give your employees every opportunity to succeed, and if they can't succeed give them an opportunity to succeed elsewhere. Sometimes that means firing them. – I can't remember who told me this, but it's stuck with me.

I wish I could just walk around all day and repeat these over and over and over and over and over…. and hope that at least one person listens.


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    Eeps, Hope I’ve not made your week worse, perhaps I was a thoughtful distraction?

    My favorite is probably, “The Cracked Ones Let in the Light” – Tom Peters, as I’m certainly a cracked one. Closely following that is the Mario Andretti quote, as I Really need to listen to that and not be so cautious. Finally, I like,”The First step in a â??dramaticâ?? organizational change program is obviousâ??dramatic personal change!” – RG, though I’ve heard better phrasing for it, such as, to paraphrase, “If you want to conquer the world, first you must conquer yourself” or, “A revolution does not begin with the socio-economic structure of society and work its way down to the individual, but within one individual, working it’s way up to the socio-economic structure of society”. Again these are paraphrases, the first possibly from the Art of War, at least from an eastern philosopher I think; the second is, believe it or not, from Joseph Bueys, one of my favorite artists, active in the 60’s and 70’s mainly.

    And who is RG?

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    Talking with you has been a pleasure. My difficult times haven’t had to do with my blogging, it’s my outlet!

    I’m not sure who RG is… it was a reference on one of Tom Peter’s presentations.

    I agree with you and like the fact that all of those quotes require someone to take action on the only thing they actually have control in changing = themselves!

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