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The Handy Guide to the Gurus of Management
Charles Handy was, for many years, a professor at the London Business School. He is now an independent writer and broadcaster. He describes himself, these days, as a social philosopher.
 
Tom Peters
Episode 4: Tom Peters - biography

Tom Peters was born in 1942 in Baltimore, USA. He studied engineering at Cornell University and is a graduate of Stanford (M.B.A., Ph.D.).

He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam and Washington from 1966 to 1970, was a senior White House drug abuse advisor in 1973-74 and worked at McKinsey & Co. from 1974 to 1981, becoming a partner in 1977. He left the firm to work independently prior to the publication of 'In Search of Excellence'.

What distinguishes Peters is that he is not tied to a particular perspective. If there is a consistent strand through his work, Peters believes it is 'a bias for action'. Forget the theorising, get on with the job.

He gives over 100 lectures a year and travels so much that he called his first horse Frequent Flyer.

When Tom is not in an airplane, he divides his time between Silicon Valley (Palo Alto) and Vermont, where he and his wife Susan Sargent live on a farm.

Bibliography:
'In Search of Excellence' (with R. Waterman), New York 1982 Harper Row
'A Passion for Excellence'(with N. Austin), London 1985 Collins
'Thriving on chaos', London 1988 Macmillan
'Liberation Management', New York 1992 Alfred Knopf
'The Tom Peters Seminar', New York 1994 Vintage Books
'The Pursuit of WOW!', New York 1994 Vintage Books
'The Circle of Innovation', London 1997 Hodder & Stoughton

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More useful words :

served
worked for

active duty
full-time service in the army during a war

partner
person who works in a business and has a share in it with other partners

prior to
before

tied to
connected to, or restricted by

consistent strand
a regular pattern or tendency

a bias for
a tendency to be in favour of
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