Tom Peters at Quinnipiac Leadership Forum, Hamden, CT

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Tom Peters at Quinnipiac Leadership Forum, Hamden, CT

  1. 1. NEW ZEALAND 2007
  2. 2. Ho hum: 2+ weeks in New Zealand … Pfizer Ford Gap Chrysler Yahoo Microsoft Wal*mart ??? ???
  3. 3. “ It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change .” —Charles Darwin
  4. 4. Tom Peters’ X25* EXCELLENCE. ALWAYS. Quinnipiac University/0316.2007 * In Search of Excellence 1982-2007
  5. 5. Slides at … tompeters.com*
  6. 6. EXCELL- ENCE????
  7. 7. “ I am often asked by would-be entrepreneurs seeking escape from life within huge corporate structures, ‘How do I build a small firm for myself?’ The answer seems obvious : Buy a very large one and just wait .” —Paul Ormerod, Why Most Things Fail: Evolution, Extinction and Economics
  8. 8. EXCELLENCE. ASPIRATION.
  9. 9. “ Why in the world did you go to S iberia ?”
  10. 10. S y non y ms Purity Transcendence Virtue Elegance Majesty Anton y ms Mediocrity
  11. 11. The Peters Princi p les : Enthusiasm. Emotion. Excellence. Energy. Excitement. Service. Growth. Creativity. Imagination. Vitality. Joy. Surprise. Independence. Spirit. Community. Limitless human potential. Diversity. Profit. Innovation. Design. Quality. Entrepreneurialism. Wow.
  12. 12. EXCELLENCE. INNOVATE. OR. DIE.
  13. 13. We become who we hang out with 1
  14. 14. Measure “Strangeness”/Portfolio Quality Staff Consultants Vendors Out-sourcing Partners (#, Quality) Innovation Alliance Partners Customers Competitors (who we “benchmark” against) Strategic Initiatives Product Portfolio (LineEx v. Leap) IS/IT Projects HQ Location Lunch Mates Language Board
  15. 15. “ Normal” = “o for 800”
  16. 16. “ The Bottleneck Is at the Top of the Bottle” “Where are you likely to find people with the least diversity of experience, the largest investment in the past, and the greatest reverence for industry dogma: At the to p!” — Gary Hamel/ Harvard Business Review
  17. 17. “ Diverse groups of problem solvers—groups of people with diverse tools—consistently outperformed groups of the best and the brightest. If I formed two groups, one random (and therefore diverse) and one consisting of the best individual performers, the first group almost always did better. … Diversity trumped ability .” —Scott Page, The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies Diversity
  18. 18. We become who we hang out with 2
  19. 19. Whacky Wiki World Wow
  20. 20. “ The Billion-man Research Team: Companies offering work to online communities are reaping the benefits of ‘crowdsourcing.’” —Headline, FT , 0110.07
  21. 21. try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Screw it up. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Try it. Screw it up. it. Try it. Try it. try it. Try it. Screw it up. Try it. Try it. Try it.
  22. 22. do things.
  23. 23. “ We have a ‘strategic plan.’ It’s called doing things .” — Herb Kelleher
  24. 24. drill.
  25. 25. “ This is so simple it sounds stupid, but it is amazing how few oil people really understand that you only find oil if you drill wells . You may think you’re finding it when you’re drawing maps and studying logs, but you have to drill.” Source: The Hunters , by John Masters, Canadian O & G wildcatter
  26. 26. Screw. things. Up.
  27. 27. Sam’s Secret #1!
  28. 28. No try. No deal.
  29. 29. “ You miss 100 % of the shots you never take.” —Wayne Gretzky
  30. 30. EXCELLENCE. 4/40.
  31. 31. DECENTRALIZATION. EXECUTION/98. ACCOUnTABILITY. 6 :15A.M.
  32. 32. Up, Up, Up, Up the Value-added Ladder.
  33. 33. The Value-added Ladder Lovemark Dreams Come True Spellbinding Experiences Gamechanging Solutions Services Goods Raw Materials
  34. 34. $55B
  35. 35. Experience: “Rebel Lifestyle!” “What we sell is the ability for a 43-year-old accountant to dress in black leather, ride through small towns and have people be afraid of him.” Harley exec, quoted in Results-Based Leadership
  36. 36. Furniture vs. Dreams “We do not sell ‘furniture’ at Domain. We sell dreams . This is accomplished by addressing the half-formed needs in our customers’ heads. By uncovering these needs, we, in essence, fill in the blanks. We convert ‘needs’ into ‘dreams.’ Sales are the inevitable result .” — Judy George, Domain Home Fashions
  37. 37. Kevin Roberts: Lovemarks !
  38. 38. To p 10 “Tattoo Brands”* Harley .… 18.9% Disney .... 14.8 Coke …. 7.7 Google .... 6.6 Pepsi .... 6.1 Rolex …. 5.6 Nike …. 4.6 Adidas …. 3.1 Absolut …. 2.6 Nintendo …. 1.5 * BRANDsense: Build Powerful Brands through Touch, Taste, Smell, Sight, and Sound , Martin Lindstrom
  39. 39. EXCELLENCE. DRAMATIC. DIFFERENCE. DOABLE.
  40. 40. “ The ‘surplus society’ has a surplus of similar companies, employing similar people, with similar educational backgrounds, coming up with similar ideas, producing similar things, with similar prices and s imilar quality.” —Kjell Nordstr ö m and Jonas Ridderstr å le, Funky Business
  41. 41. $798
  42. 42. 7X. 730A-800P. F12A . * * ’93-’03/10 yr annual return: CB: 29%; WM: 17%; HD: 16%. Mkt Cap: 48% p.a.
  43. 43. Jim’s Group Jim Penman/“Empire Builders”/ MT / Jan/Feb 2006/Australia
  44. 44. WallopWal*Mart16* *Or: Why it’s so ABSURDLY EASY to BEAT a GIANT Company
  45. 45. women. BOOMERS. GEEZERS.
  46. 46. women. BOOMERS. GEEZERS.
  47. 47. “ Forget China , India and the Internet : Economic Growth Is Driven by Women .” —Headline, Economist , April 15, 2006, Leader, page 14
  48. 48. 10 UNASSAILABLE REASONS WOMEN RULE Women make [all] the financial decisions. Women control [all] the wealth. Women [substantially] outlive men. Women start most of the new businesses. Women’s work force participation rates have soared worldwide. [2 of 3] Women are closing in on “same pay for same job.” Women are penetrating senior ranks rapidly [even if the pace is slow for the corner office per se]. Women’s leadership strengths are exceptionally well aligned with new organizational effectiveness & value-added imperatives. Women are better salespersons than men. Women buy [almost] everything—commercial as well as consumer goods. So what exactly is … the point of men ?
  49. 49. 10.6M 94%
  50. 50. women. BOOMERS. GEEZERS.
  51. 51. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “ People turning 50 today have more than half of their adult life ahead of them.” —Bill Novelli, 50+: Igniting a Revolution to Reinvent America
  52. 52. “ Little Stuff” (plus): The True “Basics” Tom Peters/03.14.2007
  53. 53. Thank You!
  54. 54. F L O W E R P O W E R
  55. 55. “ Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.” —Henry Clay
  56. 56. The … Jim Jeffords oversight!
  57. 57. The Manager’s Book of Decencies: How Small Gestures Build Great Companies —Steve Harrison, Adecco Servant Leadership —Robert Greenleaf One: The Art and Practice of Conscious Leadership —Lance Secretan, founder of Manpower, Inc.
  58. 58. THE PROBLEM IS RARELY THE PROBLEM.
  59. 59. THE PROBLEM IS RARELY/NEVER THE PROBLEM. THE RESPONSE TO THE PROBLEM INVARIABLY ENDS UP BEING THE REAL PROBLEM . * *RMN, M Stewart, WJC, “Scooter” Libby
  60. 60. Relationships (of all varieties) : THERE ONCE WAS A TIME WHEN A THREE - MINUTE PHONE CALL WOULD HAVE AVOIDED SETTING OFF THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL THAT RESULTED IN A COMPLETE RUPTURE.
  61. 61. “ WHY NOT JUST TELL THE TRUTH?” —Raymond Carver
  62. 62. RESPECT
  63. 63. “ It was much later that I realized Dad’s secret. He gained respect by giving it. He talked and listened to the fourth-grade kids in Spring Valley who shined shoes the same way he talked and listened to a bishop or a college president. He was seriously interested in who you were and what you had to say.” Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Respect
  64. 64. “ The deepest human need is the need to be appreciated.” William James
  65. 65. THE ONE THING YOU NEED TO KNOW (Marcus Buckingham)
  66. 66. “ The one thin g you need to know about sustained individual success: Discover what you don’t like doing and stop doing it.” —Marcus Buckingham, The One Thing You Need to Know
  67. 67. SWEET SPOT: SEEKING THE DIS COMFORT ZONE.
  68. 68. “ Do one thing every day that scares you.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
  69. 69. EXCELLENCE. BEDROCK. TALENT. LEADERSHIP. The “9Ps.”
  70. 70. PURPOSE . PASSION . Potential . Presence . Personal . PERSISTENCE . PEOPLE . Potent . Positive .
  71. 71. PURPOSE . PASSION . Potential . Presence . Personal . PERSISTENCE . PEOPLE . Potent . Positive .
  72. 72. “ People want to be part of something larger than themselves . They want to be part of something they’re really proud of, that they’ll fight for , sacrifice for , trust .” — Howard Schultz, Starbucks ( IBD /09.05)
  73. 73. PURPOSE . PASSION . Potential . Presence . Personal . PERSISTENCE . PEOPLE . Potent . Positive .
  74. 74. “ Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm.” —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  75. 75. “ A man without a smiling face must not open a shop.” —Chinese Proverb
  76. 76. PURPOSE . PASSION . Potential . Presence . Personal . PERSISTENCE . PEOPLE . Potent . Positive .
  77. 77. “ The role of the Director is to create a space where the actors and actresses can become more than they’ve ever been before, more than they’ve dreamed of being .” —Robert Altman, Oscar acceptance speech
  78. 78. PURPOSE . PASSION . Potential . Presence . Personal . PERSISTENCE . PEOPLE . Potent . Positive .
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  80. 80. PURPOSE . PASSION . Potential . Presence . Personal . PERSISTENCE . PEOPLE . Potent . Positive .
  81. 81. “ The First step in a ‘dramatic’ ‘organizational change program’ is obvious— dramatic personal change !” —RG
  82. 82. PURPOSE . PASSION . Potential . Presence . Personal . PERSISTENCE . PEOPLE . Potent . Positive .
  83. 83. Relentless : “One of my superstitions had always been when I started to go anywhere or to do anything, not to turn back , or stop, until the thing intended was accomplished.” —Grant
  84. 84. PURPOSE . PASSION . Potential . Presence . Personal . PERSISTENCE . PEOPLE . Potent . Positive .
  85. 85. “ Leaders ‘ do ’ people. Period.” —Anon.
  86. 86. PURPOSE . PASSION . Potential . Presence . Personal . PERSISTENCE . PEOPLE . Potent . Positive .
  87. 87. " The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.” —GB Shaw, Man and Superman: The Revolutionists' Handbook.
  88. 88. PURPOSE . PASSION . Potential . Presence . Personal . PERSISTENCE . PEOPLE . Potent . Positive .
  89. 89. The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it. Michelangelo
  90. 90. PURPOSE . PASSION . Potential . Presence . Personal . PERSISTENCE . PEOPLE . Potent . Positive .
  91. 91. “ Excellence can be obtained if you: ... care more than others think is wise; ... risk more than others think is safe; ... dream more than others think is practical; ... expect more than others think is possible.” Source: Anon. (Posted @ tompeters.com by K.Sriram, November 27, 2006 1:17 AM)
  92. 92. "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, leaking oil, shouting ‘ GERONIMO!’ ” — Bill McKenna, professional motorcycle racer ( Cycle magazine 02.1982)
  93. 93. Ger- on -i-mo !

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