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Thomas Peters is an American writer on business management practices, best known for In Search of Excellence.
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The Nature of Managerial Work
Henry Mintzberg - 1980-01-01
Tom Peters
@SallyHelgesen @HenryMintzberg @coachourselves I just loved the book because it featured the messy reality of organizations. It was, in my view, a frontal attack on Druckerian hyper-rationality, which I instinctively thought was bullshit—but now I had data to prove it/counter it.      source
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Excellence Now
Extreme Humanism
Tom Peters - 2021-03-15
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Excellence Now: Extreme Humanism provides timeless and new leadership lessons for the NOW. Tom Peters, known for launching a maverick approach to management thinking, sets an even higher bar with this book, revealing how excellence in leadership is achieved through an obsessive focus on the growth of those being led. In a world turned upside down, this book powerfully delivers the management and leadership direction needed to move forward.
Tom Peters
*Excellence Now: Extreme Humanism* is on this CIO Recommended Reading List for 2022. Extreme Humanism isn't just about design or HR, it's about every aspect of your business. IT leaders, read Tom's latest book. It's "just full of great advice". ^HB      source
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The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Jane Jacobs - 2002-09-10 (first published in 1961)
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Discover a powerful critique of urban planning in The Death and Life of Great American Cities, a groundbreaking book that has set the standard in the field since its publication in 1961. In clear and vivid prose, Jane Jacobs explores the key elements of a safe and thriving neighborhood, from the role of local businesses to the dangers of unchecked development. This seminal work offers an essential framework for evaluating the health and vitality of any city, and a critique of short-sightedness that remains relevant today.
Tom Peters
@freeagentglobal @nytimes FYI, Jane Jacobs close kin; e.g., The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Wonderful book.      source
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The Origins of Our Discontents
Isabel Wilkerson - 2020-08-04
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Explore the hidden caste system that has shaped America through this immersive and deeply researched narrative by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns. In Caste, Isabel Wilkerson examines the power hierarchy that defines our lives today, beyond race, class, or other factors. Through real stories about people like Martin Luther King Jr. and baseball's Satchel Paige, she uncovers the eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations. Wilkerson also links the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, showcasing how the cruel logic of caste requires a bottom rung to measure against. This eye-opening read offers hope in moving beyond these artificial and destructive separations in pursuit of our common humanity.
Tom Peters
@LouisGudema An extraordinary book.      source
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The Sum of Us
What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
Heather McGhee - 2021-02-16
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Explore how racism has a cost for everyone, not just people of color, in this powerful analysis of inequality. Economist Heather McGhee takes us on a deeply personal journey across America, detailing how racism has contributed to collapsing public infrastructure, stagnant wages, and increased inequality. But where there is division, there is also solidarity. Through unlikely stories of hope and unity, The Sum of Us offers a new vision for a better America, where racism's devastating costs are finally understood by all.
Tom Peters
Took me several weeks to get through Heather McGhee’s The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. It’s clearly one of the most important books I’ve ever read. The case studies-vignettes should move anyone in the category of “breathing human being.”      source
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Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl
And Why You Should, Too
The Motley Fool - 2011-06-21
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Discover why women make better investors than men in this Wall Street Journal bestseller, "Warren Buffet Invests Like a Girl." Based on scientific studies and market trends, the book reveals that women tend to research their investment choices thoroughly, trade less often, and invest in companies with better long-term prospects. With a focus on ethical and personal values, women epitomize the Foolish investment philosophy of Warren Buffett, making this an essential read for any investor looking to turn savings into long-term wealth.
Tom Peters
@StephynieMalik @DaliaFeldheim “Lead like a girl.” Yes! Reminds me of my favorite book title: Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl: And Why You Should, Too, by LouAnn Lofton.      source
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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - 2011-10-25
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Explore the inner workings of the mind in this groundbreaking book that explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, emotional, and intuitive while System 2 is slower, more analytical, and logical. Discover the benefits and drawbacks of both systems and learn how to tap into the benefits of slow thinking. With practical insights into decision-making in both our personal and professional lives, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to guard against mental pitfalls and gain a deeper understanding of the way we think.
Tom Peters
@geriwithetc @TwinsKevin @mayawiley @BeschlossDC @AliVelshi @kaitlancollins @scribe827 @ChrisCuomo I am an absolute maniac on the topic of cognitive biases of evey flavor. So much fun. (The “bible” is Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman’s book, Thinking, Fast and Slow.)      source
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The Tyranny of Metrics
Jerry Z. Muller - 2018-02-06 (first published in 2017)
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This book delves into the rise of quantifying human performance and how it's impacting various institutions. Jerry Muller explains how this fixation on measuring itself is becoming a "tyranny of metrics" that threatens the quality of our lives. While metrics can be beneficial when used correctly, Muller uncovers the damage it's causing in areas such as education, medicine, business, and government. The book includes examples of why paying for measured performance doesn't work and when metrics can be beneficial. The Tyranny of Metrics is a timely and powerful book that provides readers with a checklist of when and how to use metrics.
Tom Peters
@ShahinKhan @MarkMFallon @bwatwood @pptsapper Mostly same-same. Read Jerry Muller’s The Tyranny of Metrics. Excellent book.      source
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Marketing to PrimeTime Women
How to Attract, Convert, and Keep Boomer Big Spenders
Marti Barletta - 2014-04-17
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Discover how to tap into the spending power of the healthiest, wealthiest, and most influential generation of women in history with the executive edition of this groundbreaking book. Written by marketing expert Marti Barletta, Marketing to PrimeTime Women offers practical advice on understanding and leveraging this demographic of Baby Boomer women between the ages of 50-75. From their seasoned shopping experience to their confidence and active lifestyles, discover how to get into the minds, hearts, souls, and wallets of PrimeTime Women.
Tom Peters
@SueWoods FYI. Wonderful book. PrimeTime Women, by Martha Barletta.      source
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Invisible Women
Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
Caroline Criado Perez - 2019-03-12
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Discover how women are systematically ignored and discriminated against in a world largely built for and by men in this eye-opening book. With case studies, stories, and research from across the globe, it exposes the gender data gap and its profound impact on women's lives. From government policy to medical research and technology, Invisible Women reveals the biased data that excludes women and the urgent need for change. A powerful and provocative read that will make you see the world anew.
Tom Peters
What an extraordinary book: INVISIBLE WOMEN: DATA BIAS IN A WORLD DESIGNED FOR MEN by Caroline Criado Perez. Not only is it informative and actionable, but it is a peerless revelation of how deep our sexism runs. (God alone knows how many copies I’ve given away.)      source
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Christopher Wylie - 2019-10-08
Nine Lies About Work by Marcus Buckingham
The Overstory by Richard Powers
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff
Brotopia by Emily Chang
Simply Brilliant by William C. Taylor
Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil
The Business Romantic by Tim Leberecht
The Pursuit of Social Business Excellence by Vala Afshar
Wait by Frank Partnoy
The Shareholder Value Myth by Lynn Stout
Quiet by Susan Cain
Rework by Jason Fried
Hidden Champions of the Twenty-First Century by Hermann Simon
Retail Superstars by George Whalin
The Power of Small by Linda Kaplan Thaler
Enough by John C. Bogle
Small Giants by Bo Burlingham
PrimeTime Women by Marti Barletta
The Power of Nice by Linda Kaplan Thaler
Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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