Friday, October 13, 2017

Book Review: 'The Little Big Things' by Thomas J. Peters

"On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.'" -- Luke 10:35 (NKJV)

If you have never had the pleasure of attending a talk given by Tom Peters, well, you've missed quite a treat. In a business world of connected boxes, encouragement to leave boxes behind, descriptions of blue oceans, and discounted cash flow valuations, he reminds us, "It's about being a decent, helpful human being, a Good Samaritan." (That's my paraphrase of this book's message.)

If you are missing any element of appreciating how to exercise your humanity in business, one of these 163 ways (and countless lists) will grab you and soften you up to "do the right thing." The writing and book design are very appealing and make for fun reading. I took the book to a concert, and everyone was asking me why I was smiling so much while looking at the big orange book.

As an avid business book reader, I was pleased to see this book quote almost all my favorites . . . and introduce me to a few new ones. I guess Tom has plenty of time to read as he jets around the world to give all those talks. I wonder if he has a Kindle reader.

If you have read all of his earlier books, don't expect anything new here. View this book as the refresher course on what has gone before. And chances are that you will enjoy every minute.

I admire his passion and wish I could bottle it.

What can I do to help you in the next few seconds?

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Donald Mitchell. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.