Achieving Business Excellence with John Spence

Two Great Books and an Awesome New Website!

A quick Monday morning blog to give you two book recommendations and a really cool web site! Continue reading “Two Great Books and an Awesome New Website!” »

Some Powerful Feedback About How to Succeed in 2010

Recently I have had the chance to talk to a lot of business people about what they are focused on for survival and success in 2010. During just the last three weeks, I delivered a session for the national sales meeting of a mid-sized industrial manufacturing company, taught two sessions to the combined executive teams and board of directors from 17 different companies, taught a strategic thinking/planning class at the Wharton School of Business to 120 executives from the financial industry and spent three fantastic days at the Inc. Magazine GrowCo event in Orlando, FL with 400+ rabid entrepreneurs… WOW!

So what is the takeaway from all of this interaction? Continue reading “Some Powerful Feedback About How to Succeed in 2010” »

5 Tips for Creating More Accountability

I got a lot of very positive feedback on my recent post: How to Create an “Ownership Mentality” on your Team. Then I came across this superb post on the American Express Open Forum (a really good site). I think if you read both of these posts – you’ll have a very good handle on what it takes to build a stronger culture of accountability within your team or organization.

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Three Superb Books I Highly Recommend

I have been on vacation, fly fishing in Colorado for the last two weeks, and on a few days when the weather was particularly poor (like snowing on June 9th!!!!) I had a chance to catch up on some reading. I wanted to pass along three of the books I read that I found very, very valuable. Continue reading “Three Superb Books I Highly Recommend” »

Do You Truly Add Value?

When times were good and money was flowing fast it was easy to generate business without a high level of differentiation or an incredibly strong value proposition. But now that the economic times have gotten tougher and every business and personal consumer is carefully considering how to spend their dwindling resources, unless you can clearly show that your business adds real value to the customer… you’re going to have a really hard time finding any customers! Continue reading “Do You Truly Add Value?” »

A Very Valuable Article for You to Read

Last week I ran across a great article that I thought was very valuable. I sent a copy of it to several people in my network and the feedback has been so positive that I felt I should go ahead and post it to my blog so all of you can get access to this powerful idea… Continue reading “A Very Valuable Article for You to Read” »

Building an Effective Leadership Development Program

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a colleague who works for one of our government’s largest departments (which will go unnamed) asking if I would be willing to share my thoughts on how to build a world-class leadership development program. I was deeply honored to be recognized as an authority in this area and welcomed the opportunity to share my opinions and ideas formed in nearly two decades of creating and delivering leadership and employee development programs. Here are my responses to the questions she posed… Continue reading “Building an Effective Leadership Development Program” »

Some Random… But Important Information

In the several weeks since I posted my last blog I’ve traveled quite a bit; a trip to Philadelphia to teach at Wharton, down to Orlando to attend the Inc. Magazine “Grow Your Company” conference and several side trips to meet with clients.  Along the way I have picked up some interesting information that I hope you find valuable… Continue reading “Some Random… But Important Information” »

Some Excellent Gift Book Recommendations

I am sorry that you have not heard from me in a while, but I’ve been hard at work finishing the manuscript of my next book, in order to get it to the publisher by the due date… which was today!  I’m extremely pleased to announce that sometime this coming summer Jossey-Bass will release: Awesomely Simple: The Six Foundational Principles of Successful Organizations to bookstores nationwide.  But I don’t want you to have to wait that long to read a good book, so for those of you that are looking to buy a loved one or colleague a good business book this holiday season let me give you a few recommendations… Continue reading “Some Excellent Gift Book Recommendations” »