Thursday, December 04, 2003

Tom Peters Live Rant

Tom Peters is in London next week. I've seen him a few times and I can't think of anyone I'd rather listen to right now. Sadly, I can't get there this time, but he's doing a webcast for people like me who won't be there. The topic is, as always, to the point ... "Beautiful, Fresh, Exciting, Spastic, Cool, Noisy, Nutty, Brilliant, Loud, Insightful, Big!" These are just a few words critics are using to describe Tom Peters' new book Re-imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age. Tom opens every chapter of Re-imagine! with a rant. For example, Chapter 1 opens with this vehement argument: "We act as if the dot-com crash signaled the end of the New Economy. But we are, in fact, on the verge of the biggest and most profound wave of economic change in a thousand years." The overall rant of the entire book is that "people...are thwarted at every step of the way by absurd organizational barriers and by the egos of petty tyrants (be they corporate middle managers, or army colonels, or school superintendents). The question is, "Do you agree?" How could anyone not agree with that last but one sentence? Be they public, private, voluntary or otherwise gainfully employed? Go sign up.

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