Achieving Business Excellence with John Spence

The REAL Secrets to Success – for FREE!!!

In just the past week I have received more than a dozen emails from people who promise to teach me the “Secret To Success“… for ONLY $499  I Googled one of the people who sent me such a note and could not find him anywhere on the internet? No career history, no connection to any company, no awards, no charity work – as far as I could tell he has never accomplished anything.  Yet I still have a spam folder full of people who can make me “mega-rich working just four hours a week!” 

The “Secret to Success” is NOT for sale — it is free to anyone who wants to learn it – and these bogus emails upset me so much that I decided to put together this video to outline the very best ideas I have ever learned (so far) about what it TRULY takes to build an incredibly successful life. Whether you are a high school or college student, work in an office or factory, run or own a company – no matter how much education you have… I honestly believe that the ideas I share in this video (for FREE) can make a dramatic positive impact on your life and the lives of those you love… IF… you take these amazingly powerful ideas and apply them in your life every day. Continue reading “The REAL Secrets to Success – for FREE!!!” »

Five MUST READ Business Books

The Value of Discipline

A good friend sent me this article last week and I found it so insightful and helpful that I wanted to share it with you.  Read it slowly and carefully – there is some genuine wisdom in the next few paragraphs! Continue reading “The Value of Discipline” »

A "Must Read" on How to Distinguish Yourself

As most of you know, I am a fanatic reader, and typically get through 10 to 12 books a month as well as several audio books, white papers, magazines, blogs and research reports. Although the great majority of that reading is on strategy, leadership and high-performance teams, I also read a lot of career, self-help, and “personal branding” information as well.  Last week I was visiting one of my very favorite websites called and found an absolutely wonderful manifesto entitled… Continue reading “A "Must Read" on How to Distinguish Yourself” »

Some Tips on Holding Successful "Remote" Meetings

I recently posted a blog on “How to Have Better Meetings,” which was actually a link to a fantastic article on Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separationblog. Since then, I have had a number of people ask me how these ideas apply to virtual/remote meetings. Since I spent a number of years facilitating the Global Leadership Development Program for Merrill Lynch and have run several international leadership training classes for Qualcomm and other clients (all of which involved participants from several different countries in each meeting) I have a few ideas I’d like to share on what I believe it takes to run a successful remote meeting. Continue reading “Some Tips on Holding Successful "Remote" Meetings” »

This Makes It Very Clear…

I was talking to one of my clients yesterday, the President of a large commercial landscaping operation called Austin Outdoor, about how to help his front-line folks take their customer service delivery to a higher level. Now mind you, this is already a great company that delivers consistently excellent customer service, but because they are a truly great company… they want to do even better. So as I was driving to the office this morning I was thinking about how to really send a clear message to all of his employees about the critical importance of always delivering amazing service when a powerful image came to my mind. Continue reading “This Makes It Very Clear…” »

Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Leadership

I ran across this article this morning on the Harvard Business Publishing website (if you are not already a member, you should be, they have loads of hugely valuable articles and information on the site) and thought that it really hit the nail on the head. This is some extremely sage advice from someone with 25+ years as a high level executive. I think you’re going to find some truly valuable ideas in this wonderful interview… Continue reading “Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Leadership” »

Lessons from the Boat Show

As many of you know, in addition to doing work as a business consultant, speaker and executive trainer I also own a small advertising firm called Flycaster & Company, which specializes mainly in the marine/sportfishing industry.  Last week my partners and I traveled down to Miami for the boat show and I believe there are some great lessons to be learned from the turmoil now facing that troubled industry.  As you read what I have to say about the boating industry in this blog, just keep asking yourself: “How might this apply to my business and my industry?” I have a feeling you’ll likely see many strong similarities. Continue reading “Lessons from the Boat Show” »

Getting 2009 Started Off Strong!

I believe that two of the the most important factors in running a successful company are: robust communications and a sharp focus on the key organizational strategies.  Unfortunately, it is been my experience that most leaders do a relatively poor job of communicating what they want their people to focus on.  Given the incredibly challenging economic times we are in, now more than ever it is critical to clearly communicate to all of your people what is expected of them and what they need to do to keep your company strong and successful.  However, you don’t want to bog them down with long speeches or a 50 page strategic plan.  The goal is to keep it as concise and focused as possible. Continue reading “Getting 2009 Started Off Strong!” »