Pedigree: Author; founder, Tom Peters Group
Education: MBA and PhD, management, Stanford University
Speaking Fee: $65,000-$100,000
Shtick: Think outside the box and crumple the traditional corporate hierarchy.
Bio: If anyone elevated business guruism to near priesthood - and built it into a multibillion-dollar industry - it is Peters. His first book, In Search of Excellence (coauthored with Bob Waterman) became a white-hot bestseller in 1982, and Peters parlayed the publicity into near-cult status. Audiences lapped up his management-theory-for-the-masses approach. A couple of decades and several bestsellers later, he continues to circle the globe, serving as a sort of antiguru guru - ranting and raving on corporate myopia and mindlessness. Some have knocked Peter's penchant for reinventing himself and his message, but he remains undaunted. "There are almost certainly other people with far more intriguing ideas than I have, but they aren't as noisy as I am and they don't fulfill a need the way I do," he explains.
Books:Re-Imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age (2003); The Pursuit of Wow!: Every Person's Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times (1994); Liberation Management (1992); Thriving on Chaos (1987); In Search of Excellence (1982)