Picks and Pans Review: Tom Peters: the Leadership Alliance

updated 08/22/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/22/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Just when you thought it couldn't be done, that all records had been surpassed, that the envelope had been pushed to its max, along comes someone who actually talks louder than Robin Leach. YES, LOUDER THAN ROBIN LEACH. The man is Tom Peters, the co-author of the best-selling management books In Search of Excellence and A Passion for Excellence. In this one-hour special, Peters visits three U.S. companies and a public school where the employees actually like their jobs and their bosses. That's because (talk about revolutionary practices) their bosses treat them with (sock it to us, Aretha) R-E-S-P-E-C-T, making them feel a part of the company. Peters explores this phenomenon of effective leadership and its results: increased productivity, pride in workmanship and higher sales. After each visit, Peters addresses a live audience, screaming his conclusions, even using the word awesome to drive home a point. Peters is a man in the vanguard of his genre, whatever it is.

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