...literally. Tom Peters (along with Robert Waterman) wrote "In Search of Excellence" in 1982. It was required reading in my graduate school class - and rightly so. Based on a study of forty-three of America's best-run companies from a diverse array of business sectors, "In Search of Excellence" describes eight basic principles of management -- action-stimulating, people-oriented, profit-maximizing practices -- that made these organizations successful.
For me, it was the first "business" book that had very practical applications for ChurchWorld. Over the ensuing years, Peters continued with many more. Now, he has done it again with "The Little BIG Things".
Released this week, "Little BIG Things" is a journey through Peters' life: 44 years of experience ranging from the Seabees to working at the top consulting company in the world to his own company.
It's all about the "little big things" that overwhelmingly determine effective project implementation and career success and customer contentment and employee engagement and business profitability.
If not Excellence, What?
If not Excellence Now, When?
It's so cool.
It's so heartening.
It's so soaring and inspiring.
It's so worth getting out of bed for.
It's so healthy.
It's so helpful to others.
It's so good for your morale.
Excellence is not a goal - it's the way you live, who you are.