"The starting point of all significant change is mindset." Tom Peters
"The Little BIG Things is, without any hint of hyperbole, the single best management book I've ever read."
"This 'wizard of wow!', this 'emperor of excellence' wins you over with his irrepressible energy and verve."
"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."
Tom's new book, The Little BIG Things, is a compendium of 163 ways to pursue excellence—with tips ranging from the blatantly obvious, "Show Up! (It's a Start.)" and "It's All About ... the Quality of the Workforce," to the wildly counterintuitive, "Boring Is Beautiful" and "Reward DNK (Do Not Know)," to the often repeated, "The Customer Is 'She.'" Begun as a repackaging of the Success Tips from our blog, this book became so much more as Tom worked and reworked its contents. Now, its main message is that EXCELLENCE is the result of many small tasks, all of which can be practiced and mastered. The Little BIG Things are meant to be sampled, a bit at a time. As Tom says in the Introduction, "My colleagues and I mostly expect you to read the book while sitting on the toilet. (Literally or figuratively.) That is, we hardly imagine that you'll breathlessly read the whole thing from start to finish. Instead, I imagine you'll look at this idea or that—and I obviously hope that a few will be compelling enough to induce you to take action."
Why not read a sample from the book? Choose from the Introduction, the Table of Contents, the section about Others, or the section on Enterprise. As a preview, we had sent section 1, Little, to recipients of our TP Times newsletter, and that's also available.
We caught Tom on camera talking about many of the little BIG things included in the book. He talks about the importance of listening in the video below. For more videos in this series, visit our channel at YouTube.
While Tom was reading The Little BIG Things for the audio edition, we made a collection of mp3 files, one item at a time. So, here they are, The Little BIG Things read by Tom. We've posted them a section at a time, and the book is now complete. Listen and get energized by Tom's enthusiastic rendering of his book!
The final audio excerpts, posted 19 December, are in the section of TLBT titled "BIG":
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From Tom: "You'll find here the 'CliffsNotes' version of The Little BIG Things. In the interest of getting connected with as many people as possible, I've produced a series of 'Highlights' pdfs, which capture the 'BIG idea' in each of these 'little BIG things.' Missing are (1) the nuances and (2) 90 percent of the 'How to's' and the rationale for those 'How to's.' Eliminating the subtleties and cutting the action part is cutting the heart out of the book—nonetheless, I hope you will be titillated by what follows and moved, perhaps, to purchase the book; or in fact to use this version, distribute it, etc.—I want the ideas to circulate to the max." There are 48 sections and an introduction, each only a page or two, released over the course of several months.
#46 Special Section: The Heart of Business Strategy
#41 Special Section: The Top 50 "Have Yous"
#33 Special Section: Quotations 34
#25 Special Section: Charlie Wilson's War
#7 Special Section: The Recession 46
#3 Special Section: Guru Gaffes
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The Little BIG Things, CreditUnionMagazine.com, 26 April 2012
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The Little BIG Things—Book Review, MimosaPlanet.com, 9 July 2011
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Five MUST READ Business Books, John Spence's blog, 6 March 2011
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Excellence 163: Tom Peters, S = f(#TY, #TNT), Robin Le Roy-Kyle's Blog, 10 January 2011
10 Books Every Entrepreneur Must Read From 2010, Under30CEO.com, 29 December 2010
The Best Leadership Books of 2010, LeadershipNow.com, 25 December 2010
Year's Best Books for Business Owners, Inc., 8 December 2010
The Little Big Things by Tom Peters—Audiobook of the week, Internet Business Productivity Blog, 10 November 2010
The Little BIG Things—Tom Peters, Greatest Hits Blog, 4 November 2010
Tom Peters is not a BIG MOUTH & stuff you can learn from him, Rothacker Reviews, 29 September 2010
All success in an enterprise comes from valuing and engaging people, The Economic Times, 6 August 2010
It's Always the Little Things, Rita Keller, 3 August 2010
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Tom Peters Innovative Move, The Midwest Laboratories Blog, 23 July 2010
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The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE, TMReview.com, June 2010
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The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE, Sacramento Book Review, 26 May 2010
Tom Peters' Little BIG Things Is Excellent Read, Excellent Resource, Serve to Lead Blog, 11 May 2010
Excellence Guru Talks at Saint Francis University, Pennsylvania Business Central, 19 April 2010
Discover the 19 Es of Excellence, Ian Paul Marshall, personal development coach and blogger, 18 April 2010
Marketing Communication—It's a Little BIG Thing, It's Everything, Marketing Is Us, 14 April 2010
The Little BIG Things by Tom Peters, Fred Leland (law enforcement/security consultant), 10 April 2010
Cool Speakers for 2010: Tom Peters, Nick Morgan, Public Words, 7 April 2010
Enterprise* (*At Its Best), an excerpt from The Little BIG Things, ChangeThis.com, 7 April 2010
Enthusiasm! Bill Williams' Blog (acting/creativity coach), 8 April 2010
THE LITTLE BIG THINGS: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence, Risk Management, 7 April, 2010
Can Tom Peters Help Us Find Excellence In An America That Needs To Re-Set Its Thinking? Huffington Post, 1 April 2010
Short review of The Little BIG Things, Sea-Fever Consulting, 29 March 2010
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Tom Peters Speaks Out About Toyota Recalls, Ron Holohan, pm411.org, 28 March 2010
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Little BIG Things Money Quotes, John Moore at BrandAutopsy.com, 22 March 2010
Achieve Excellence With Your Branding Strategy, BusinessWeek.com, 19 March 2010
Tom Peters' Little BIG Things, PersistenceUnlimited.com, 16 March 2010
163 Ways To Be More Awesome At Your Business, BusinessInsider.com, 16 March 2010
Tom Peters Talks About the Little BIG Things, David Meerman Scott, 15 March 2010
Go Tom Go! Alan Webber, 13 March 2010
Memo to Tom Peters from the Department of Punctuation!!! Debbie Weil, 11 March 2010
Book Review, EnterpriseMedia.com (producers of Tom's videos), 10 March 2010
Video Book Review of The Little BIG Things, Chris Brogan,
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Epigrams from the Original Modern Guru, by Stefan Stern at the Financial Times,
4 March 2010
A Little BIG Thing, JWT Bangkok, 3 March 2010
Sometimes It's Worth Going the Extra Mile (Lessons from Tom Peters), the 26th Story/HarperStudio Blog (HarperStudio is the publisher of The Little BIG Things),
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Library Journal, 15 Feb 2010 (scroll down about 1/4 of the page)
Kevin Roberts on Tom Peters, KR Connect, 19 Jan 2010
Six New Business Books for 2010, Vancouver Sun, 31 Dec 2009
Peter Cook Reviews The Little BIG Things, The Anglo American Book Company