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.