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48 Things That Matter to Tom Peters

Tom Peters is one of the world’s more visible business management gurus. If you haven’t read one of his books yet, you really should. He’s also got a list of 48 Things the Matter, available as a free PDF. I’m sharing the whole list here, but I also wanted to do a little art. Here’s a Wordle of his entire list.  (Click the image to see a full-size version)

Tom Peters’ 48 Quick Tips on Being a Better Manager

  1. “Thank you.” Minimum several times a day. Measure it.
  2. “Thank you” to everyone even peripherally involved in some activity—especially those “deep in the hierarchy.”
  3. Smile. Work on it.
  4. Apologize. Even if “they” are “mostly” to blame.
  5. Jump all over those who play the “blame game.”
  6. Hire enthusiasm.
  7. Low enthusiasm. No hire. Any job.
  8. Hire optimists. Everywhere. (“Positive outlook on life,” not mindless optimism.)
  9. Hiring: Would you like to go to lunch with him-her. 100% of jobs.
  10. Hire for good manners.
  11. Do not reject “trouble makers”—that is those who are uncomfortable with the status quo.
  12. Expose all would-be hires to something unexpected-weird. Observe their reaction.
  13. Overwhelm response to even the smallest screw-ups.
  14. Become a student of all you will meet with. Big time.
  15. Hang out with interesting new people. Measure it.
  16. Lunch with folks in other functions. Measure it.
  17. Listen. Hear. Become a serious student of listening-hearing.
  18. Work on everyone’s listening skills. Practice.
  19. Become a student of information extraction-interviewing.
  20. Become a student of presentation giving. Formal. Short and spontaneous.
  21. Incredible care in 1st line supervisor selection.
  22. World’s best training for 1st line supervisors.
  23. Construct small leadership opportunities for junior people within days of starting on the job.
  24. Insane care in all promotion decisions.
  25. Promote “people people” for all managerial jobs. Finance-logistics-R&D as much as, say, sales.
  26. Hire-promote for demonstrated curiosity. Check their past commitment to continuous learning.
  27. Small “d” diversity. Rich mixes for any and all teams.
  28. Hire women. Roughly 50% women on exec team.
  29. Exec team “looks like” customer population, actual and desired.
  30. Focus on creating products for and selling to women.
  31. Focus on creating products for and selling to boomers-geezers.
  32. Work on first and last impressions.
  33. Walls display tomorrow’s aspirations, not yesterday’s accomplishments.
  34. Simplify systems. Constantly.
  35. Insist that almost all material be covered by a 1-page summary. Absolutely no longer.
  36. Practice decency.
  37. Add “We are thoughtful in all we do” to corporate values list. Number 1 force for customer loyalty, employee satisfaction.
  38. Make some form of employee growth (for all) a formal part of values set. Above customer satisfaction. Steal from RE/MAX: “We are a life success company.”
  39. Flowers.
  40. Celebrate “small wins.” Often. Perhaps a “small win of the day.”
  41. Manage your calendar religiously: Does it accurately reflect your espoused priorities?
  42. Use a “calendar friend” who’s not very friendly to help you with this.
  43. Review your calendar: Work assiduously on your “To don’ts”—stuff that distracts.
  44. Bosses, especially near the top: Formally cultivate one advisor whose role is to tell you the truth. Regularly!
  45. Commit to Excellence.
  46. Talk up Excellence.
  47. Put “Excellence in all we do” in the values set.
  48. Measure everyone on demonstrated commitment to Excellence.
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