Tom Peters

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Tom Peters (1942) is a famous researcher, consultant, writer and management guru in the are of successful business management practices. Tom Peters is best known for his career at McKinsey & Company, his contribution of the development of the 7S Framework (McKinsey) and the further development of Chaos Theory on organizational development.

Biography Tom Peters

Tom Peters academic career started when he obtained a Bachelor degree (BSc.) in civil engineering from Cornell University in 1965. Tom Peters obtained his Master’s degree (MSc.) in civil engineering in 1966. He received his MBA degree and his doctorate (Ph.D.) from Stanford Business School shortly after.

Tom Peters has a broad background as far as work experience is concerned, He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War for a period of 4 year. He also worked as a senior advisor for the White House. From 1974 Tom Peters started working as a management consultant for the renowned McKinsey & Company.

Despite the fact that he had become a partner and had provided many international organizations with sound advice and implementations, Tom Peters left McKinsey which was also due to the great success of his book In search of excellence (1982). 

Tom Peters has been working as an independent consultant since 1981 and he speaks about his theories and practical examples around the globe. Tom Peters likes sharing ideas and on his website you can find a lot of information that can also be downloaded from his website.

Famous quotes by Tom Peters

  1. “Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.”
  2. “Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.”
  3. “Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing… layout, processes, and procedures.”
  4. “If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.”
  5. “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”
  6. “Vision is dandy, but sustainable company excellence comes from a huge stable of able managers.”
  7. “Everyone has a chance to learn, improve, and build up their skills.”
  8. “The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.”
  9. “The best leaders… almost without exception and at every level, are master users of stories and symbols.”
  10. “Business is about people. It’s about passion. It’s about bold ideas, bold small ideas or bold large ideas.”

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