Tom Peters Reads A LOT – Part 2

In 2018 I reviewed The Excellence Dividend by Tom Peters. One thing I was struck with while reading that book was the astonishing number of books and articles cited throughout the text. I compiled a list of the 137 books and did a companion post called Tom Peters Reads A LOT.

Fast-forward to 2021, I just finished reading Tom’s latest book, Excellence Now: Extreme Humanismhere is my review. I’ve counted 121 books quoted or recommended in the text, listed below in order of first mention. I’ve only read 10 of these. Titles in bold link to my review. Others link to

In section 14.62, Leading/Reading, Tom writes, “Breadth! Breadth! Breadth! The main idea is to open your mind and broaden your scope of knowledge. Creativity is a by-product of breadth… And in your areas of expertise, outread the buggers. You never know nearly as much as you think you know about much of what you do.” He certainly practices what he preaches.

Introductory Pages

Chapter 1. First Things Before First Things

  • Hostage at the Table: How Leaders Can Overcome Conflict, Influence Others, and Raise Performance by George Kohlrieser
  • Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence that Caring Makes a Difference by Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli
  • Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor’s Checklist Can Help Us Change Healthcare from the Inside Out by Peter Pronovost
  • The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business by Patrick Lencioni
  • Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership by Bo Schembechler
  • The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story by Christie Watson
  • Managers, Not MBAs: A Hard Look at the Soft Practice of Managing and Management Development by Henry Mintzberg
  • The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World by Scott Hartley
  • You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education by George Anders
  • Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm by Christian Madsbjerg
  • Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein
  • They Call Me Coach by John Wooden
  • Knight, My Story by Bobby Knight
  • Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell
  • How She Does It: How Women Entrepreneurs Are Changing the Rules of Business Success by Margaret Heffernan
  • Creating Leaders in the Classroom: How Teachers Can Develop a New Generation of Leaders by Hillarie Owen
  • Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big by Bo Burlingham
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson

Chapter 2. Excellence is the Next Five Minutes

  • Servant Leadership: A Journey Into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness by Robert Greenleaf
  • Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value by Bill George
  • Why Most Things Fail: Evolution, Extinction and Economics by Paul Ormerod
  • The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World by Raj Sisodia and Michael Gelb
  • The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century by Adam Davidson
  • Retail Superstars: Inside the 25 Best Independent Stores in America by George Whalin
  • Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways by William Taylor
  • Enough: True Measures of Money, Business, and Life by Jack Bogle
  • The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite by Duff McDonald

Chapter 3. Strategy is a Commodity. Execution is an Art

  • Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan

Chapter 4. People Really First

Chapter 5. Extreme Sustainability

Chapter 6. Design as Soul, Design as Who We Are

Chapter 7. Things Gone Right, Emotionally Engaging Experiences

Chapter 8. Top-Line Focus

  • The Three Rules: How Exceptional Companies Think by Michael Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed

Chapter 11. Social Media. Everyone is “In the Brand”

  • Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is about Help Not Hype by Jay Baer
  • The Social Employee: How Great Companies Make Social Media Work by Cheryl and Mark Burgess

Chapter 12. $28 Trillion Women’s Market. Underserved “Oldies” Market

Chapter 13. Whoever Tries the Most Stuff (and Screws the Most Stuff Up the Fastest) Wins

Chapter 14. Leading with Compassion and Care

Peters, Thomas J. Excellence Now: Extreme Humanism. Networlding Publishing, 2021. Buy from

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