Achieving Business Excellence with John Spence

Two Superb Books I Highly Recommend

John SpenceI have just returned from three weeks on the road, including 10 days on a speaking tour across Poland as a guest of the United States Consulate General in Krakow. I had a lot of time on airplanes and read several books but there are two that I would especially like to recommend.

The first is called “BOOKSMART – hundreds of real-world lessons for success and happiness,” by my friend Frank Sonnenberg. This is an absolutely fantastic book of wisdom and sage advice that is presented in a very user-friendly way, with lots of lists of things to think about and apply. The book covers numerous topics around business, family, success, financial health, marriage and other critical issues. The chapters are short but powerful. I have already reread this book twice and have applied several of the ideas to my business and life. This is one of those books I plan to come back to often as a reminder of what I should be focusing on and how to build a happy, joyful and highly successful life. This book would be a wonderful Christmas present for anyone you know that enjoy books on self-improvement or business improvement.

The other book I’d like to recommend to you is called, “The Leaders Mindset – how to win in the age of disruption,” by Terence Mauri. In this book Terence describes three major leadership mindsets:

  1. Think Big Mindset (Future Shaper)
  2. Act Bold Mindset (Risk Taker)
  3. Learn Fast Mindset (Knowledge Seeker)

He then goes on to describe how to integrate all three of these mindsets in order to be an effective and successful leader. I underlined a lot of this book, and I’ve recommended it to several of my clients. It’s a good, solid book that will help you take a new look at how you lead in your organization. One of the reasons I love this book so much, is that it aligned very strongly with what I have been studying for years about great leaders and great organizations. It was reassuring to read such focused and detailed ideas and descriptions that match so closely with my strongly held beliefs about what makes a real leader. If you are interested in a book that will help you examine the way you think about leadership and the actions you take as a leader, you will definitely enjoy this book.

I have just a little bit of downtime around the Christmas holidays, so I will have a few more books to recommend at the start of the new year. If you have recently read a great business or self-help book, please comment on it here so that my followers and I can pick it up and learn from your recommendations.

I hope you find these books of great value – take good care – John



  1. Michal Petras says:

    Thank you John. As always, two fantastic books.

  2. As always, thanks for the recommendations. I’ve just discovered a novelist who impresses me, but giving in to the urge to read five of his books in a row would be reduce my enjoyment. I can sprinkle these in between them to increase my pleasure.

  3. Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday is a brilliant book John!

  4. Hi John,
    I had a great pleasure to meet you in Cracow and in Warszawa. After coming back home I found the list of books you recommended and sent it to my TOP friends. As the group we have several of these from you top list. You have inspired us to read and share knowledge (study group 🙂 . Thank you for great talks. All the best

  5. I am almost through “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius, talking about a “CEO” of an Empire with a looot of trouble..:) I am sure you read that one already.
    I am still grateful for seeing you in Amsterdam in 2014, lots of good input from you, thanks!