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A Passion for Excellence: The Leadership Difference

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Cutting through traditional "data-based" dogmas about management, A Passion for Excellence champions the innovative, people-oriented spirit that made In Search of Excellence the bestselling business book of all time. Now, through hundreds of concrete, real-world examples, Tom Peters and Nancy Austin zero in on the key areas of competence that add up to excellence, offering ...more
Paperback, 575 pages
Published January 4th 1989 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1985)
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Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what to say on this book. I speed-read it, by which I don't mean to say that I 'skimmed' it, only that I forced myself to read it very fast. And I feel that that is the appropriate way to approach this book. It has a set of really interesting and meaningful insights, but the count is like 10 eye-opening insights in 500 pages. So in order to make sure I was picking up a cool new insight every time I read, I had to make sure I was reading 40-60 pages in a sitting, because I lot of thi ...more
Apr 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I was a charter member of the Tom Peters fan club during my "business" days. Unfortunately I never had the chance to work for an organization that glommed on to his ideas. Still, watching his seminars is always inspiring and fun, and his books, for the most part, are quenching sips at the business revolution kool-aid.
Don Stanton
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
Blah blah blah……..Another management / leadership book regurgitating the same tired tripe of most other ‘Business’ books.
It’s worth the read is you haven’t read one of these types before. Definitely fits in the category of ‘read if you have to.’
Teri Temme
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Simply the best: "Treat your people as adults, and they will respond as adults, consciously and creatively. Treat them as mindless automatons, treat them with contempt, and they will respond with contempt for you and your product, will respond as automatons. It's as simple as that and as complex as that."

Additionally: "The power that can be unleashed as a result of "mere" ownership (or even the perception of it) is awesome!"

..."the ability to say good isn't good enough,..."
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Good book on customer service. Provides cases and studies on how to better serve customers.
Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it
Used as atraining manual for our real estate sales team. Good info
Wayne Zill
May 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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Overrated, enough said.
Oct 21, 2009 added it
Another one from my personal library (for anyone who wants to borrow)
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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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