Category: Tom's Slides

An Addition to the Master Collection

Tom's newest effort on his master PPT yielded another subset of the whole. Here, now, is the Mini-Master, a selection of 247 slides Tom sees as his core message: Mini-MASTER, 6 November 2013

The new master got an update, too: Master, 1097 slides, 21 November 2013

World Business Forum


Over 25 years ago I met Jose Salibi Neto. He had co-founded with two others the HSM group in Brazil (the "S" is Salibi), and asked me to speak at one of his conferences. (Jose graduated from the University of South Carolina, which he attended, in part, on a tennis scholarship.) From Day 1, Jose and his partners set out to achieve eye-popping Excellence in all their work. And they did. In a few years, HSM started producing events in the likes of Argentina and Mexico and Spain. Then, in a nervy move, they came to the USA. Not just "to the USA," but to Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan . (I took part in a couple of the stunning Manhattan forums—and speaking from the Radio City stage to an audience of several thousand is surely near the start of my highlights tape.) HSM's speaker lineups were stellar, featuring CEOs, heads of state, Nobel laureates, and some hangers-on like myself.

The organization has gone through various transitions, with the quality and imaginative features always off the charts. The events are incredibly well thought out, making them a joy for speakers and attendees alike—ah, those "Little BIG Things." (FYI, the group is now called WOBI, World Of Business Ideas.)

At any rate, here I am in glorious Milano for the World Business Forum. Moreover, I'm surrounded on stage by great pals, old and new. It just doesn't get any better than my longtime colleagues Kevin Roberts and Dan Pink—what a duo. I'll also meet one of my newest heroes, Susan Cain, author of the "gamechanger" (term merited in this instance) book Quiet; and I've also made the acquaintance of Luke Williams, Stern B-School stalwart and champion of disruptive business practices.

All in all, as good as it gets. Oh yes, this wraps up my year of speaking, and as usual I have been supported by a cast of Hall of Famers. The Washington Speakers Bureau and I have been married forever, almost literally. They re-invented their industry and have established an invariant standard of Excellence-squared. So many have helped me there, but I'll single out just one. Speakers are paired up with "ECs," Event Co-coordinators—a WSB invention. Mike Sauer has gone so many extra miles so many times that 1,000 words of praise would only scratch the surface. The "home team" of Shelley Dolley, Charlie Macomber, Nancy Paul, and Cathy Mosca have also gone an uncountable number of extra miles—just when we think we've seen it all, another curve ball shoots plateward.

Thanks to all of you—and thanks to, of course, the real customers, the audiences that have given me an opportunity to bend their ears.

HSM World Business Forum, Milano
HSM World Business Forum Long Version

[Photo above: "Life on the Road"]

MOAP Jr. Circa 2013
(Mother Of All Presentations)

When I prepare for a presentation, I gather material from here and there, old and new, and start to play with it. Over the last 18 months, my thinking, underpinned by a killer reading list in particular, has undergone pretty dramatic changes—and, frankly, I needed to pull together my material (in PPT format) in order to figure out what I am thinking at the moment. (I'm stealing here from the great psychologist Jerome Bruner: "How do I know what I think until I see what I say?") At any rate, about four or five months ago I started pasting up some sort of new-ish "master presentation" which would essentially be my more or less encyclopedia from which I'd cherrypick appropriate material for a given event/seminar. What emerged after 100s (1000s, actually, or 1000s of 1000s) of iterations is hereby offered, all roughly 900+ slides worth, for you to use as you wish or if you wish. Unlike the 4,096-slide PowerPoint monster presentation (we call it "MOAP," the Mother Of All Presentations), this one is not, at least at the moment, annotated. Sorry. In any event, I hope you find our newest hatched egg of some value. Putting it together was certainly a valuable exercise for me—and fun, too. (It's a very very cool time to be thinking about "all this." Boredom is not on my top 10,000 problems list.)

Master, 5 November 2013: 988 Slides

New PPT: 22 First Things Before First Things

This most recent new PPT from Tom gives his ideas on the priorities of managers. He makes a strong case for the importance of: first-line supervisors, hiring, evaluations, listening, and developing your people. Take a look:

22 First Things Before First Things

In addition, he's added more thoughts to his current Master Presentation. You can get the update here:

Master, 23 October 2013

ZfU International Business School

This week's travels take Tom to Switzerland, near Zurich, where he's speaking to a group at ZfU International Business School. The topic, according to their website is The Essentials of Leadership. You can get the PPTs of the day with the links below:

ZfU International Business School, Regensdorf, Switzerland
Regensdorf Long Version

Dental Trade Alliance

Today, Tom's in Florida speaking to the Dental Trade Alliance. Established in 2004, the DTA resulted from the joining of two established organizations, the American Dental Trade Association and the Dental Manufacturers of America. In part, it funds programs that "either improve access to or the effectiveness of the oral healthcare system."

Dental Trade Alliance, Ponte Vedra, FL
Dental Trade Alliance, Long Version


I was eyeballing my new MASTER presentation. Some numbers popped out. So I decided to see if I could build a reasonable inclusive story from a handful of numbers ... 31 numbers to be exact. Herewith the result:


New PowerPoint
63 Big Things

Tom's been exploring new topics that look to the future, e.g., gamification, machines, robotics, social business, nanotechnology, and he's moved them to the forefront in his presentations. In this new collection of Big Things, he's assembled 63 things he feels are most important for all of us to know now. So, take a look, and perhaps make a reading list for yourself. There's a great deal of suggested material here in any of the above topics that strike you as essential to your future.

[10.22.13: Updated, now 73: 66 Big Things]

HR Summit

Tom has probably been to Dubai at least a dozen times. This, in fact, is his second opportunity to address the annual HR Summit. Old friends from IIR are the organizers—they have shepherded him through working visits to the likes of Dubai, Angola, South Africa, Russia, and Thailand.

Slides: HR Summmit, Dubai

"Master" Presentation

Tom is preparing for his Dubai adventure. He has concocted a "master presentation" which is consistent with his most up-to-date thinking and work.

All yours ...

[Updated 10.22.13: Master, 22 October 2013]