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The Pursuit of Wow!: Every Person's Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times

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Once more the "unconventional" Peters stimulates corporate thought processes. Along with the best of his columns, Peters includes questions and rebuttals that come from readers and listeners, as well as his own candid responses. A "must" read for every business person.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 22nd 1994 by Vintage (first published November 1st 1994)
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Aug 06, 2008 Rae rated it it was ok
Peters gives over 200 tactics and strategies to help businesses succeed. He stresses that individuals and organizations must stand out from the crowd of average look-alikes. He says, "Being average has never had much appeal. Better fail with flair in pursuit of something neat." I have no desire or ambition to be in the business field, but I do enjoy reading about companies and the people that run them. I think a lot can be learned about leadership and time management by following their examples.
Mia Elizardi
Feb 09, 2016 Mia Elizardi rated it liked it
I really enjoyed most of this book-fantastic ideas and brilliant philosophies about business, well life really. It was released in 1994, so a lot of the material is dated and made it hard to follow at times. The format of the writing was also a little on the random side-jumping from idea to idea. AND...I loved the flow of consciousness and free form thought process that it presented, another layer to the brilliance of this book and this author.
Sep 10, 2008 Russ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
Tom Peters is a guru (even though he would hate that word) of American business thinking. This book is a compendium of articles, essays and speeches he has given, along with two chapters of panel discussions. An easy read, the book provides practical, bite-size pieces of advice that allow you to improve your business performance while it entertains you with Peters' trademark bluntness.

Of particular note is Chapter 2, "Getting Things Done." I re-read Chapter 2 about once per year. Each piece of a
Nick Woodall
There is so much to read and absorb in a Tom Peter's book. This one is no exception.
This was handed out as one of those "management book of the month club" fads, the kind of thing overpriced consultants convinced companies they need to do to "foster teamwork" and "establish rapport among individual contributors." It's a little ironic because it's the kind of empty gesture Peters warns against. Still, not a bad book. Dated, but he had some good thoughts. Too bad management never followed any of them.
Jun 16, 2009 Paul added it
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Recommended by Seth Godin - "visionary book that described why the only products with a future were those created by passionate people. Too often big companies are scared companies, and they work to minimize any variation--including the good stuff that happens when people who care create something special."
Joe Valentine
Jan 25, 2013 Joe Valentine rated it really liked it
I always like what Tom has to say and this was very insightful. Admittedly, his ideas can be a little over the top sometimes, but he makes wonderful points and he is truly gifted in his descriptive abilities. His enthusiasm and conviction are contagious.
Oct 19, 2011 Ryan rated it it was ok
While there is solid advice about how to engage in business practices and manage people, the structure of the book is so poor that it hinders the message Peters is trying to deliver.
Jul 30, 2010 Vaughn rated it it was ok
Read this book a couple of years ago. It's a quick read due to it being organized as bunch of short stories about companies, people and ideas that equate to "WOW" stuff.
Lori Grant
An optional-read book on organizational behavior and design for knowledge workers, managers, executives, and entrepreneurs.
Richard Hoffman
Mar 17, 2011 Richard Hoffman rated it it was ok
Shelves: personal-growth
A few great chapters but the majority of the book is simply OK. The concept of "WOW" is good. Not the easiest read.
Lewis Hyam
Sep 30, 2012 Lewis Hyam rated it it was amazing
"The brand of u" another of Tom Peter's unique insights...... and a whole lot more
Devin Partlow
Apr 28, 2013 Devin Partlow rated it really liked it
The unconventional wisdom business people need! Read it business pro!!
May 26, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
great ideas. a little dated (came out in 94) but some great ideas nonetheless.
Jul 25, 2011 Stephen rated it liked it
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Born in Baltimore in 1942 "with a lacrosse stick in one hand and oars over my shoulder," Peters resided in California, mainly Silicon Valley (where he was on a list of "100 most powerful people in Silicon Valley"), from 1965–2000. Today, Peters and his wife Susan Sargent live on a 1,600-acre working farm, "always under construction," in Vermont. His two stepsons, Max and Ben Cooper, are "busy chan ...more
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