Saturday, August 23, 2008

A couple good thoughts from Tom Peters

Tom Peters become famous as a co-author of In Search of Excellence: Lessons from Americas Best Run Companies. Good book. They looked into what set apart excellent companies from the average companies. They found some common themes.

I once had a chance to listen to him speak. He was a powerful speaker.

Right now I'm working through his 100 Ways to Succeed/Make Money via DailyLit. Two recent ways have validity for all aspects of our lives:


He makes the point that while few seek contention, conflict arises. Often we can resolve conflict, if we'll make a call, quickly after the contention. Conflict allowed to fester will grow and grow, until there is no way to fix it. He writes:

I’ve learned that invariably "there was a moment" when the situation (DAMN NEAR ANY "SITUATION") was reversible. In fact, easily reversible. But pride or embarrassment or unwillingness to further mess up an already nasty day led to "just one more day’s" evasion & delay ... and that day became a second day ...

If you have tension with a family member or good friend, call an apologize, today.


He has a powerful way to improve each day:

Here’s the deal. It’s 5 a.m. as I write. I have a day crammed full of miscellaneous (that dreaded word!) activities ahead, ending with a flight from Boston/Logan to London/Heathrow. But the ... THE ... Pressing Question is: WHAT WILL (in One Sentence) THE LEGACY OF THIS DAY HAVE BEEN FOR TP?

I am going to follow his advice. I'm going to step back right now and think about what I want to accomplish for today.

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