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
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.
'In Search of Excellence' (with R. Waterman), New York 1982
'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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