Tom Peters’ Re-Imagine excellence!

Q4/2006 +500,000 = ? Source: Barron’s 0922.07

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Q4/2006 +500,000 = ? Source: Barron’s 0922.07

Q4/2006 +500,000 = +7,700,000 -7,200,000 Source: Barron’s 0922.07

Fragile: Breaks easily. Resilient: Bounces back. Antifragile: Get jazzed by and progress/innovate as a result of being knocked about. — With credit to Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder )

We Are What We Eat

  • “You will become like the five people you associate with the most—this can be either a blessing or a curse.” —Billy Cox

The “We are what we eat”/ “We are who we hang out with” Axiom: At its core, every (!!!) relationship-partnership decision (employee, vendor, customer, etc., etc.) is a strategic decision about: “Innovate, ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ ”

  • Measure/Manage: Portfolio “Strangeness”/ “Quality”
  • 1. Customers
  • 2. Vendors
  • 3. Out-sourcing Partners
  • 4. Acquisitions
  • 5. Purposeful “Theft”
  • 6. Diversity/“d”iversity
  • 7. Diversity/Crowd-sourcing
  • Diversity/Weird
  • Diversity/Curiosity
  • 10. Benchmarks
  • 11. Calendar
  • 12. MBWA
  • 13. Lunch/General
  • 14. Lunch/Other functions
  • 15. Location/Internal
  • 16. Location/HQ
  • 17. Top team
  • 18. Board

“[CEO A.G.] Lafley has shifted P&G’s focus on inventing all its own products to developing … OTHERS’ INVENTIONS AT LEAST HALF THE TIME. One successful example, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, based on a product found in an Osaka market.” —Fortune

  • WE KEEP!

“DON’T BENCHMARK, FUTURE MARK!” Impetus: “The future is already here; it’s just not evenly distributed” —William Gibson


“How do dominant companies lose their position? Two-thirds of the time, they pick the wrong competitor to worry about.” —Don Listwin, CEO, Openwave Systems/WSJ

Diversity Per Se

Diverse groups of problem solvers—groups of people with diverse tools—consistently outperformed groups of the best and the brightest. If I formed two groups, one random (and therefore diverse) and one consisting of the best individual performers, the first group almost always did better. … DIVERSITY TRUMPED ABILITY.” —Scott Page, The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies

*Diversity for diversity’s sake (and better decision-making). *Diversity (“d”iversity—i.e., lower case “d”) on any dimension imaginable

REVERSE Ageism Merited?

60 IS THE NEW 40! 70 IS THE NEW 50! 35 IS THE NEW 65?

  • “Why Minecraft Is More Than Just Another Video Game”
  • “We had discussions about Boolean
  • logic [AND/OR/NOT, etc.], which is a pretty advanced concept to be talking to a 9-year-old about.” —Andrew Weekes (from BBC News Magazine)
  • “My initial reaction was that it was just another video game. Now I think of it as digital Lego, and he is using it to build all these amazing things.” —Christy Wyatt, CEO, Good Technology (from BBC News Magazine)

“And the 4-year olds shall lead us into the New Land”* *Senior team/Board MUST sport raw youth (Raw youth = VERY young) circa 2013

Infinite Diversity: Crowd Power!

“The Billion-man Research Team: Companies offering work to online communities are reaping the benefits of ‘crowdsourcing.’” —Headline, FT

Rob McEwen/CEO/ Goldcorp Inc./ Red Lake GOLD Source: Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, Don Tapscott & Anthony Williams

We Are What We Eat: The “Fred Smith Question”

  • “Who’s the most interesting person you’ve met in the last 90 days? How do I get in touch with them?” —Fred Smith

Hire For It

  • Vanity Fair: “What is your most marked characteristic?”
  • Mike Bloomberg:
  • “Curiosity.”

The Perils of Normalcy

EMPLOYEES: “Are there enough weird people in the lab these days?” Source: V. Chmn., pharmaceutical house, to a lab director

“Normal” = “0 for 800”

  • “The cracked ones let in the light.”
  • Source: Santa Cruz California, psychiatrist’s bumper sticker
  • "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists
  • in trying to adapt the world
  • to himself. Therefore, all progress depends upon the unreasonable man.” —GB Shaw,
  • Man and Superman: The Revolutionists' Handbook


“The Bottleneck …

“The Bottleneck is at the … “Where are you likely to find people with the least diversity of experience, the largest investment in the past, and the greatest reverence for industry dogma … Top of the Bottle” — Gary Hamel/Harvard Business Review

Easier said than done …

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

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