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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (285 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas J. Peters Narrator: Thomas J. Peters Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780062004192
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"It is [Tom] Peters—as consultant, writer, columnist, seminar lecturer, and stage performer—whose energy, style, influence, and ideas have [most] shaped new management thinking.” —Movers and Shakers: The 100 Most Influential Figures in Modern Business

“We live in a Tom Peters world.” —Fortune Magazine

Business uber-guru Tom Peters is back with his first book in a decade, The Little Big Things. In this age of economic recession and financial uncertainty, the patented Peters approach to business and management—no-nonsense, witty, down-to-earth, insightful—is more pertinent now than ever. As essential for small-business owners as it is for the heads of major corporations, The Little Big Things is a rousing call-to-arms to American business to get “back to the basics” of running a successful enterprise.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you truly believe ‘excellence’ is what Tom Peters is all about, then you will buy this book, read it, learn from it, and go away confirmed in your belief. Tom’s 163 tips are validated through experience again and again.”

    Stephen R. Covey, New York Times bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  • “The single best management book I’ve ever read.”

    Warren Bennis

  • “Those who want to improve their business, whether a boss or an employee, will find great ideas in this compelling and very browsable book.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 loafingcactus | 2/19/2014

    " Self-contradictory... this is 100s of pages of petty distractions from the "Wow!" Recommend the previous books instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kavita | 2/17/2014

    " good info. got a headache from the exclamation points, format changes . "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adrian Lee | 2/11/2014

    " The book offers "small things" as the ways to improve businesses or management. The way this book is written, ie. the informal languages could undermine your understanding or even frustrate you when you see some lines repeating themselves (purposefully). The informality didn't mean you can relish this book without some knowledge in management, e.g. knowing who's B.F. Skinner. The practical advice offered by the author is actually common sense, like the power of saying thank you and appreciating others' efforts. There are no mind-boggling scientific discoveries/theories, if you are enticing these in this book, it's going to let you down. Instead, what you could get are trivial matters, often get unnoticed by higher-ups, ironically. It can't offer me much knowledge, probably because I am not managing a business for now, and it really took me a lot of time to finish it. Hence, I gave it 1 star. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Iris | 1/31/2014

    " crap american-minded to-do lists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 1/27/2014

    " Love the simple, yet powerful bite-size ideas offered in this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teeni | 1/27/2014

    " Once I got used to (read: was no longer annoyed by) the font changes, changing font sizes, bolding, italicizing and one-word sentences, I found a lot to like and learn from this book. In fact, there's so much packed into, it, I'll probably have to read it again. A lot of info that can be implemented immediately and a lot to think about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Jo | 1/7/2014

    " A rehash of not so new stuff on effective organizations and leaderships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Fallon | 12/18/2013

    " Tom Peters has LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of very good ideas! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George Donigian | 11/19/2013

    " Basic and sound practices that seem to be ignored by far too many corporate entities. Nothing profound. Peters himself calls this a book for bathroom reading, but bathrooms are also places of inspiration and discovery--ask Martin Luther! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 10/14/2013

    " Read the toc. Big items were: pay attention to the details, celebrate failure, listen, be excellent and awesome all the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 9/30/2013

    " There were many take aways and it was really easy to read. I appreciated all of the stories and examples,although it could've been a little bit shorter...a good business/motivational read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 9/27/2013

    " Good reminder of the little important things in business "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 BaÅŸar | 1/31/2013

    " Good advices all throughout the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liv | 1/29/2013

    " Terrible book! Words all over place and written poorly. Very disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Floyd Garrett | 10/26/2012

    " A great little motivator. . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sucia Dhillon | 10/13/2012

    " The type and formatting was a little over the top, but it had some good reminders about life that I enjoyed and will definitely share with others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 9/18/2012

    " I'm loving this book but is one of those you read a chapter or two a day and then ponder you can improve in your own life...but then again I love books like this.. I am reading it with Excellence in mind! Probably my favorite book I read this year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 8/5/2012

    " good reminders from the master, in easy to browse format "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Yvanovich | 7/18/2012

    " The little things always have big impact "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rita M | 6/2/2012

    " Read bits. ok. I didn't realize when I picked it up that it was a collection of short-short thoughts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russel | 3/10/2012

    " Great Book! Must Read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miguel Nieva | 11/26/2011

    " An interesting book that gives a new way to think in management, business, and leadership. At least, every manager should read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 5/3/2011

    " Love the simple, yet powerful bite-size ideas offered in this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/2/2011

    " Fun read and prsented in a very concise manner.

    I would have preferred a little more depth with supporting stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 1/8/2011

    " Basic and sound practices that seem to be ignored by far too many corporate entities. Nothing profound. Peters himself calls this a book for bathroom reading, but bathrooms are also places of inspiration and discovery--ask Martin Luther! <g> "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 12/28/2010

    " Read the toc. Big items were: pay attention to the details, celebrate failure, listen, be excellent and awesome all the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaimit | 11/28/2010

    " bore, couldnt really finish it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 10/10/2010

    " I'm loving this book but is one of those you read a chapter or two a day and then ponder you can improve in your own life...but then again I love books like this.. I am reading it with Excellence in mind! Probably my favorite book I read this year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suciadhillon | 7/10/2010

    " The type and formatting was a little over the top, but it had some good reminders about life that I enjoyed and will definitely share with others.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fernando | 5/23/2010

    " An experienced Peters gives away a lot of secrets.
    It is a slow, light read.
    But heavy in content. Really helpfull to keep in mind small things that make a difference "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 4/7/2010

    " Reading this book is like watching one of Tom Peters' rants -- it's a collection of good (little) ideas, one after another, with no plot, just a ton of stuff that's obvious once he says it and that we all should be doing to make business better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Jo | 3/25/2010

    " A rehash of not so new stuff on effective organizations and leaderships. "

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About the Author

Thomas J. Peters is the most influential business thinker of our age. He’s been hailed as the “uber guru” by the Economist and the “father of the post-modern corporation” by the Los Angeles Times. In Search of Excellence, his first book, coauthored with Robert Waterman, was published in 1982 and became an instant bestseller. In 1999 NPR named it one of the “Top Three Business Books of the Century.” He followed that with A Passion for Excellence, coauthored with Nancy Austin, and a string of international bestsellers, including Thriving on Chaos, Liberation Management, The Tom Peters Seminar, The Pursuit of WOW!, The Circle of Innovation, and others. He is a graduate of Cornell and Stanford Universities, and he has worked as a senior White House drug-abuse adviser, has been a partner at McKinsey & Co. and spent four years on active duty in the United States Navy, including two tours in Vietnam. He and his family live on a farm in Vermont.