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Learning from a GOAT: Tom Peters

Alan Andersen

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Tom Peters

When you think of leaders who are in the category of Greatest Of All Time (commonly referred to as GOAT), who comes to mind?

Seriously, consider pausing for just a moment to consider if you can come up with at least 10 leaders that are in this category.

One of those candidates for me, and many others, would be Tom Peters. Tom has done (and continues to do) great work for individuals and organizations. He is probably most known for his commitment to Excellence.

Specifically around the understanding that whatever you do, regardless of the industry, if you are committed to excellence you will more than likely succeed.

The Excellence Dividend

I want to highlight two things from Tom’s most recent book, The Excellence Dividend.

First, in the pursuit of excellence, we must keep what really matters top of mind.

To drive this point home, Tom reminds us that tombstones never list the Net Worth or the Wins and Losses record. Rather, we see what kind of human being he/she was.

Let’s commit this very moment to remember there are never ever u-haul trailer following a hearse. We can’t take it with us. Therefore, lets pursue excellence to the benefit of others along the way. Not pursue excellence at the expense of others.

Second, Tom has compiled this a 600+ PowerPoint Slide Deck that reflects the thoughts in this most recent book, which you can download for free here.

You read that right! Tom has compiled a deck that you can access for free. Click Here to download it.

To be clear, the 600+ deck is not flashy or the most aesthetically pleasing. BUT, the content is good and I would be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to download the deck and at least zoom through it to pull out a handful of leadership gems that will help you live, love, and lead better.

Cheers to Tom Peters for modeling what excellence is and encouraging us all to pursue excellence the right way.

Pulling for you,

Alan Andersen

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