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In Search of Excellence

In Search of Excellence The Greatest Business Book of All Time Bloomsbury UK In Search of Excellence has long been a must have for the boardroom business school and bedside table Based on a study of forty three of Americ

  • Title: In Search of Excellence
  • Author: Thomas Peters Robert H. Waterman Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780446385077
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Greatest Business Book of All Time Bloomsbury UK , In Search of Excellence has long been a must have for the boardroom, business school, and bedside table Based on a study of forty three of America s best run companies from a diverse array of business sectors, In Search of Excellence describes eight basic principles of management action stimulating, people orienThe Greatest Business Book of All Time Bloomsbury UK , In Search of Excellence has long been a must have for the boardroom, business school, and bedside table Based on a study of forty three of America s best run companies from a diverse array of business sectors, In Search of Excellence describes eight basic principles of management action stimulating, people oriented, profit maximizing practices that made these organizations successful Joining the HarperBusiness Essentials series, this phenomenal bestseller features a new Authors Note, and reintroduces these vital principles in an accessible and practical way for today s management reader.

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    1. Why I Read this Book: I was interested to know what it is that makes companies excellent. If I plan to do any type of work at all, be it start a business or work for one, it is fundamental to understand how the great companies of the world have done it.Review:Most of you have probably heard of McKinsey & Company, Inc. For those of you who have not, let me quickly note that McKinsey & Company is the most prestigious top tier management and strategic consulting firm in this world. The majo [...]

    2. After leaving my position as CEO of a small IT company after its new owner, an arrogant Wharton MBA, made my life hell, I decided to spend some time revisiting the old time business classics. While "In Search of Excellence, Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies" is truly an oldie, with several of the cited companies no longer in existence, and most no longer "great" companies, I think many of the concepts hold true: Be close to the customer, treat employees like adults, small is beautiful, t [...]

    3. Read this during my MBA days.I'm going to quote from another book (Standard Deviations by Gary Smith) which I highly recommend and which might provide some perspective here"McKinsey, one of the world’s top consulting firms, asked two obscure consultants, Tom Peters and Robert Waterman, to take a look at several successful companies. Peters and Waterman talked to other McKinsey consultants and came up with a list of forty-three companies with good reputations and strong financials. They then ta [...]

    4. In Search of Excellence was one of the 1980's best-selling books.The authors analyzed some successful companies attempting to identify the eight attributes they had in common.Since then, more than half of those "excellent" companies disappeared, got acquired and disassembled, or went through extreme difficulties, indicating that the eight attributes were just simply things the companies did well at the time, but were not the answer to long term success.However, this book is still a good read for [...]

    5. Boring.I listened to the audio version of the book and it was slow and painful. Their ideas are good, but the prolong examples were more matter than meat. This is a book that is better skimmed than read.I read the book in Dec 2008 and some of the companies mentioned either don't exist or have been bought up by others. I would really like to see a follow up to the book and see how the companies are doing and if the priciples Peters extols have worked.

    6. I've read this book before. It was called every business book ever written ever. I realize this was one of the first and was ground breaking in its day but now its been reduced to a cliche. The books that followed are more detailed and more relevant for today's world. If you're interested in history fine but if you want practical advice for today don't waste your time with this one.

    7. The timing for having read this book, In Search of Excellence I was on my own search for it somewhere between shoulder pads for women's suits and a dresser drawer I had popping full of panty hose. Curiously it was also about the same time my mom wanted me to write a personal request to Lee Iacocca of Chrysler and ask him for a personal scholarship to help pay my college semester after my family moved yet again. She had just bought a LeBaron covertible. She was almost fully convinced this would b [...]

    8. This is a timeless self-improvement book. I read this more than a couple of decades ago but I can still remember Bias for Action and Be Close to the Customer. I was just starting my career then and I consider myself fortunate to having read a nice book that I could apply in my corporate life. I can also recall the story about Disney where regular office employees assume a cartoon character role (wearing costume and mask) once in a while just to interact with their customers. I was thinking about [...]

    9. A very nice management book! the book is newer version of same title published twice before discussing what are the factors which make some companies excellent and discuss 8 basic factors which assume to be so and I agree with them to large extent.The book discuss each idea with tons and tons of detailed examples (to the boring extent) yet present the ideas clearly and in very simple convincing way.I really recommend the book for people working at different managerial levels in different industr [...]

    10. One of the better business books out there. Still relevant 30 years after it was written, providing me much insight and wisdoem on how to motivate and lead by Dr. Peters study of excellent companies and why they succeed. More or less and I'm finding this to be a common theme, its the people in the organization and how they are managed that creates long-term success. A company is short-sighted if they think it is any one product alone because in this age with exponential competition, we must rely [...]

    11. It is ambivalent for me to rate this book, 3.5 stars at max. I intend to rate it 4 stars, but the book is written in a very technical and ambiguous way for reader very hard to assimilate the idea of the book. It seems the author reiterates the idea through out the whole books trying to fit in his 8 principles of managing a company.It's biased to compare the excellent company with the rest and speculate the conclusion. But, the book remains a classic management business book for 35 years (publish [...]

    12. 5 stars largely because this was the very first Business & Investing book I read -- way back in early high school -- and I enjoyed it enough to keep on reading in the genre. So thank you, Tom Peters, for giving me a nice first introduction to the exciting world of business.

    13. It's incredible how many (all?) of the concepts in this book are still applicable today (although the companies mentioned are no longer amongst the top). Highly recommended but only after some hands-on entrepreneurship/exec/management experience and reading a few other "bibles" from the business books library.

    14. The most important things to remember: treat your employees like adults, have a teachable value system, and be simple enough to remember the customer. It would also be easy to do away with bureaucracy, but we have to learn what goes into business today.For Weick and March, I salute you, Captains. (Heh heh!)

    15. the first part overly emphasize on literature review, mentioned about various theories in the part about management. It's not too bad and perhaps can be interesting to certain audiences. However I felt it's too dragging and the connection is not truly directed.

    16. There are certain books that literally change the day to day lives of people throughout the world. This book, written in the 1980s, is one of those books. Many of us remember what the business world was like in the years before "In Search of Excellence" was released. Companies had a piece-meal mentality focusing on productivity and effficiency while controlling employees with a rigid set of rules. This mentality was reflected by the way that companies referred to their staff as "hourly employees [...]

    17. For any who delights and is confounded by the structure and functions (or lack of) of large organizations this book is a delightful read, the first two thirds of it anyway. The authors have done extensive research to come up with their eight points that according to them are indicative of an organization's long term success and health (some of them sound repetitive and start to tire toward the end).It is interesting to note that many of the great companies of the time of the first publication fo [...]

    18. This book is legendary in the business world for being the first to use research and empirical data in trying to understand what makes some companies successful and other not so successful. It almost reads like Built to Last and I was able to draw parallels between the two. Now that I've read both books, the only puzzle that remains in my mind is why we still have so many unsuccessful companies when the cat has been let out of the bag. Then again, asking such a question is like asking why all of [...]

    19. In its time, one of the "must read" business books that everyone was talking about. Now, quite dated and of less relevance, as the perspective of time has passed judgment on some of the companies that Peters highlighted. Turns out some of them were not so "excellent" in the long run and suffered the fates that ordinary companies experience, getting eclipsed by advances in technology or merged out of existence. Several have had to undergo painful transformations to avoid those fates. Peters also [...]

    20. In Search of Excellence did not start out as a book, as Tom Peters explained when interviewed in 2001 to mark the 20th anniversary of In Search of Excellence: Peters and Waterman were both consultants on the margins of McKinsey, based in the San Francisco office. In 1977 McKinsey director Ron Daniel launched two projects; the first and major one, the Business Strategy project, was allocated to top consultants at McKinsey's New York corporate HQ and was given star billing. Nothing came of it. The [...]

    21. Way back in the 1980s few people in business gave much thought to what makes an excellent business. Peters and Waterman conducted research on companies they identified as excellent. What they found were some common threads among the truly excellent companies.Being counted as an excellent company today is no guarantee that the company will be excellent in the future. The bar of excellence is constantly being raised and, in today’s economy, lowered. If you are a business student, this is among t [...]

    22. One of the best business books I've read. Even thought it was written over 20 years ago, it is still 100% relevant and applicable to business today. Some of the broad themes it covers are listed below, but this list does do justice to the great examples of these concepts that are found in the book: A bias for action, active decision making - 'getting on with it'. Facilitate quick decision making & problem solving tends to avoid bureaucratic controlClose to the customer - learning from the pe [...]

    23. If you have read Tom Peters' other books before you jump in on this, you would probably be thinking "Thank Goodness he's writing this with Robert Waterman."Without the distracting "designs" that Tom Peters have for his other books, this book is a lot easier to read, in my personal opinion.In this book, Tom Peters and Robert Waterman list out 8 characteristics of excellent, innovative companies. I believe this book will be helpful for senior managers to mull over, as some of the ideas may seem "r [...]

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