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Tom Peters
Tom Peters: In quest of excellence
Peters is a civil engineering graduate of Cornell (BCE, MCE) and business graduate of Stanford (MBA, PhD). He holds honorary doctorates from several institutions, including the State University of Management in Moscow.

Peters and Bob Waterman co-authored In Search of Excellence in 1982, which was named by NPR (in 1999) as

one of the "Top Three Business Books of the Century," and ranked as the "greatest business book of all time" in a poll by Britain's Bloomsbury Publishing (2002).

Peters followed In Search of Excellence with a string of international bestsellers: A Passion for Excellence (1985, with Nancy Austin), Thriving on Chaos (1987), Liberation Management (1992), acclaimed as the "Management Book of the Decade" for the '90s, The Tom Peters Seminar: Crazy Times Call for Crazy Organizations (1993), The Pursuit of WOW! (1994); The Circle of Innovation: You Can't Shrink Your Way to Greatness (1997); and in 1999 a series of books on Reinventing Work: The Brand You50, The Project50 and The Professional Service Firm50.

In 2003 Peters and publisher Dorling-Kindersley released the revolutionary book, Re-imagine: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age, an immediate no.1 international best seller, which aims to do no less than re-invent the business book through vibrant, energetic presentation of critical ideas. His most recent publication highlights his major ideas in a four-book series called Tom Peters' Essentials: Trends, Leadership, Design, and Talent.

Two Tom Peters biographies have been published: Corporate Man to Corporate Skunk: The Tom Peters Phenomenon and Tom Peters: The Bestselling Prophet of the Management Revolution (part of a four-book series of business biographies on Peters, Bill Gates, Peter Drucker, and Warren Buffet).

In an in-depth analytic study released by Accenture's Institute for Strategic Change in 2002, Peters was ranked no.2 among the top 50 "Business Intellectuals," behind Michael Porter and ahead of Peter Drucker.

Tom writes, reflects and then presents about 75 major seminars each year, half outside the US. His other passion is creating and participating in web-based and "live" radical learning.

Fortune called Tom Peters the Ur-guru of management, and compares him to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman and H.L. Mencken. The Economist tagged him the Uber-guru; and BusinessWeek's take on his "unconventional views" led them to label him "business' best friend and worst nightmare." In 2004 the Bloomsbury Press book Movers and Shakers reviewed the contributions of 125 business and management thinkers and practitioners, from Machiavelli and JP Morgan to Peters and Jack Welch.

Its summary entry on Peters reads: "Tom Peters has probably done more than anyone else to shift the debate on management from the confines of boardrooms, academia, and consultancies to a broader, worldwide audience, where it has become the staple diet of the media and managers alike. Peter Drucker has written more and his ideas have withstood a longer test of time, but it is Peters — as consultant, writer, columnist, seminar lecturer, and stage performer — whose energy, style, influence, and ideas have shaped new management thinking."

"In no small part, what American corporations have become is what Peters has encouraged them to be." The New Yorker

"We live in a Tom Peters world." Fortune

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