- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Dorling Kindersley; 01 edition (6 Nov. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405300493
- ISBN-13: 978-1405300490
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.8 x 26.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,004,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Re-imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age Hardcover – 6 Nov 2003
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Management Today "thought provoking and enjoyable Mind Your Own Business every page has something interesting to say. This book could end up defying the noughties , and not just in a business context. The Economist a book for dipping into for five minutes at a time in search of nuggets of wisdom, a sort of daily reader for followers of Mr Peter's brand of religion.
About the Author
Tom Peters, 'businesses best friend and worst nightmare' has been hailed as the uber guru of management by The Economist. His first book, 'In Search of Excellence' changed the way we did business forever. As well as writing Tom Peters manages the tompeterscompany!, a global training and consulting organisation that advises major clients including Asda, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Virgin Direct. He lives in the US.
Top Customer Reviews
If you have read all of his earlier books, you can skip this one.
If you have read some of the earlier books, you can just read the topics in this one that are skipped in the earlier ones you have read. I suspect that that won't be too many.
Tom Peters is our most passionate management guru. He explodes all over his audience in anger, annoyance, passion and rapture. It's a marvelous show . . . and I highly recommend it.
He's also open to new ideas. This book, for instance, gratefully acknowledges contributions from dozens of other authors, CEOs, business thinkers and members of his own family (especially his wife). If you don't read very many business books, I was impressed to see that he cited a very high percentage of the best management books of the last dozen years or so. So if you have read very little on the subject, this book will serve you well.
As intriguing as the book is, it has important limitations. First, the format can be all but impossible to read (especially where text is printed over grey images) in places.
Second, he has blind spots in several areas that make the advice come out somewhat jaundiced. For instance, he hates anything to do with eliminating errors (such as the quality movement and Six Sigma) as though using those methods destroy any chance for innovation in any other area. In my research, I've seen innovation in every dimension of a company exist just fine side-by-side with efforts to eliminate errors and improve quality, whenever different people worked on different aspects of innovation from those working on quality improvement and error elimination.Read more ›
And this is key to Peter's point - we have to radically change our thinking to re-invent our businesses. There is some good content here - but unfortunately nothing really new. Peters (and others) have been here before.
However, I found it far too much like hard work. Unusually for me I gave up about 75% of the way through - I could not get through the glaring presentation to take in the message.
Yes he has re-imagined the business book and yes a lot of it works and some of it fails but, perhaps that is the point! Without taking a risk and trying something different life and business would be pretty boring and more importantly nothing would move forward.
To quote Richard Bandler (I believe,but then who cares)"If you do what you've always done you'll get what you've always got. So do something, do anything !"
If you want to be inspired, infuriated and would like some nice quotes to use next time you try something different and it goes wrong buy it.
If you want a book on tried and tested best practice management technique look somewhere else, get it right then read this book.
To address his approach - staggeringly difficult though it is to discern - if Peters exemplifies what HR has to offer the world then he demonstrates beautifully why HR departments remain vague, obfuscative and predominantly useless entities.
Throughout his ill-presented rant Peters has a particular liking for sporting analogy. He hails talent and "25 hours a day, eight days a week, 53 weeks a year" dedication yet fails to grasp the simple fact that for every few seconds or minutes they actually spend performing, athletes spend many hours in critique, review and error-correction - tasks that Peters seems to loathe.
Do yourself a favour - read another book.
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"Tom Peters continues to challenge the way business is conducted. The definitive business guru and someone who I would like to meet personally, has influenced my life in a variety... Read morePublished on 3 July 2011 by M. Ahmed
This is not quite a coffee table book, but it is probably more at home there than sandwiched on the shelf between other business titles. Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2009 by Steven Unwin
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