24 Incredible Thomas Peters Quotes

Thomas Peters is an American writer on business management. He is best known for his book, ‘In Search of Excellence.’ Many of Peters books had gone on to encourage the idea of personal responsibility and business empowerment. Here is a look at some of the best Thomas Peters quotes ever recorded.

“A while back, I came across a line attributed to IBM founder Thomas Watson. If you want to achieve excellence, he said, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.”

“All human beings are entrepreneurs.”

“Branding is about everything.”

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.”

“Communication is everyone’s panacea for everything.”

“Fail faster. Succeed sooner.”


“Give the world a clear picture of who you are.”

“If I read a book that cost me $20 and I get one good idea, I’ve gotten one of the greatest bargains of all time.”

“If you are not confused then you are not paying attention.”

“If your company has a clean-desk policy, the company is nuts and you’re nuts to stay there.”

“If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention.”

“Intuition is the new physics. It’s an Einsteinian, seven-sense, practical way to make tough decisions.”

“Leaders trust their guts.”

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.”

“Management is about arranging and telling. Leadership is about nurturing and enhancing.”

“Only those who constantly retool themselves stand a chance of staying employed in the years ahead.”

“The “Excellence Standard” is not about Grand Outcomes. In Zenlike terms, all we have is today. If the day’s work cannot be assessed as Excellent, then the oceanic overall goal of Excellence has not been advanced. Period.”

“The best leaders… almost without exception adn at every level, as master users of stories and symbols.”

“The crazier the times are, the more important it is for leaders to develop and to trust their intuition.”

“The little people will get even, which is one of a thousand reasons why they are not little people at all. If you’re a jerk as a leader, you will be torpedoed.”

“The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.”

“There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity.”

“Train everyone lavishly, you can’t overspend on training.”

“Underpromise; overdeliver.”

Tom Peters shares some of his leadership thoughts on listening. He believes that one of the most significant strategies that any leader can commit to is listening to every member of an organization.