I have been following the work of Tom Peters since the 80´s. What amazes me is his staying power and ability to stay fresh. Actually, more than fresh, downright intriguing. Other management gurus, like Peter Drucker and Warren Bennis continue to be respected and honored, but somehow Tom manages to also be HIP. I wonder both how he does it and why.
His website is one of my favorites and his talks still make my entrepreneur-even-when-within-corporate-walls psyche tingle. Thanks Tom!
Here are a few lessons I have learned from Tom Peters. I am not saying these are the lessons he has intended me to learn, but they are what I have picked up nonetheless.
1. If you ain´t having fun, DO SOMETHING ELSE. Life is too short. I get the sense that Tom gets a charge out of each and every day. I do now too, but didn´t always. Passionate work has a self-energizing and results driving quality.
2. Innovation is embedded in all jobs and industries. All workers, especially managers, must innovate. Innovating is also fun, refer to #1.
3. Have a plan for your career that is exciting and compelling. We all need something to look forward to and to work toward. 3b. To get to your goal, behave consistently with it today. Making progress and realizing your dreams is doable and fun (again #1).
4. Look around. See the great things going on and be inspired. When our heads are in the sand, we breathe bugs and see moles. It´s interesting and can be fun (hmmm, a pattern) to check out what great thinkers, and adventuresome business folk are up to.
5. Sometimes being great means being the glue instead of the hero. Those who can make things happen, either through facilitating the work of others or by some other connection process possess a mighty skill. We can all learn how to do this, but some are naturally better than others. Mostly though, people who get a charge out of being a catalyst (charge=fun?) tend to do it more and develop a sage-like way about them. I aspire to this level of catalystism (you heard it here first).
So that´s it, I think Tom Peters has remained intriguing, fresh, hip, and cool all these years because he loves what he does and makes neat things happen. Sounds exactly like what we would want from our managers, doesn´t it?
If you want to check out Tom’s website for yourself, go here.
This has been fun but I gotta go.