Achieving Business Excellence with John Spence

How to Have Better Meetings

I just ran across a fantastic post on Mitch Joel’s blog that I felt was too good not to pass along. If you would like several truly excellent ideas on how to improve your meetings than you really need to read this: 15 Ways to Have a Better Meeting AND be sure to read all of the comments – there are several more excellent ideas for improving your meetings among the many comments!!!

And, if you would like to read a great book to help you better understand how social media will impact your life and your business, Mitch’s Six Pixels of Separation would be in my top five.

I also wanted to share a short video I just put together for  my very good friends at RESULTS.com, an international consulting and coaching firm of Business Execution Experts. I can tell you with 100% confidence that one of the absolute greatestes challenges most compnaies face today is Effective Execution! They know WHAT to do — they just can’t seem to figure HOW to get thier entire team engaged and focused with discipline, cadence and an ownership mentality.

Well, that is exactly what the folks at RESULTS.com specialize in, and I am extremely proud that they are using my book “Awesomely Simple” as one of their key references for assisting thier clients (along with Jim Collins’ Good to Great and other superb books) in taking sound business strategies and turning them into positve action in thier organizations. However, the terminalogy I use in my book around Vision, Mission and Values is slightly different than that used by RESULTS.com – so I put together this short video to help their clients (and you) get a very clear handle on what these concepts really mean.  I hope you find this of value…

RESULTS.com – Core Purpose, Vision, Core Values BHAG from John Spence on Vimeo.

Strategic Execution Planning – the key to your success!

I was recently invited to return to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business for the fourth year in a row to teach a special class on strategic planning for the Securities Industry Institute. I called my contact a few months before the session to ask if it was possible to shift the class more from “strategic planning” to “strategic thinking” this year, but was surprised to find out that 98 executives had already signed up for the class based on the catalog description of it as “a solid look at how to write an effective strategic plan.” So, I decided to go back and take a hard look at the program and see if I could update it a bit and was surprised to have an epiphany of sorts…

Continue reading “Strategic Execution Planning – the key to your success!” »

12 Advertising Blunders to Avoid

This is a great article I got from Entrepreneur.com. Since I also own an advertising firm, the points this author makes – all make a lot of sense to me. Worth taking a look at if you plan to invest any time and money in advertising your business. Continue reading “12 Advertising Blunders to Avoid” »