Thursday, January 11, 2007
Tom Peters - Management Guru
Tom is a civil engineering graduate of Cornell (B.C.E., M.C.E.) and business graduate of Stanford (M.B.A., Ph.D.); he holds honorary doctorates from several institutions, including the State University of Management in Moscow (2004).
In the U.S. Navy from 1966-1970, he made two deployments to Vietnam (as a Navy Seabee) and survived a tour in the Pentagon.
He was a senior White House drug-abuse advisor in 1973-74, and then worked at McKinsey & Co. from 1974 to 1981, becoming a partner and Organization Effectiveness practice leader in 1979.
Tom is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management, The World Productivity Association, the International Customer Service Association, and the Society for Quality and Participation.
Described by the Economost as the "uber-guru" of management, and by Business Week as "business' best friend and worst enemy."
Author of a string of best-selling business books, including 'Re-Imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age' in 2003.
Tom Peters says: "Virtual organization was the world's worst kind of management speak until 9/11, at which point it became the most real thing in our lives. The U.S. was not attacked by a monolith that looked like us. It was attacked by this ephemeral terrorist network that had good cellphones and passion."