One of my mid-term career goals is to understand and implement enterprise value management. I’ve started with Tom Peters‘ Thriving On Chaos (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987), an artifact of the late 1980s: United States fears of Japan’s quality revolution; a mergers wave; corporate raiders and leveraged buyouts; middle management restructures; vision; innovation; decentralised information; and urgent change management. In some ways not much has changed in management books: these are still important themes for the higher education sector. I spent 1996 to 2001 reading Peters’ various books, and after a decade’s experience I can appreciate some of his insights, alongside the post-McKinsey thought leadership. Thriving On Chaos anticipates Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s antifragility and barbell strategy.