Achieving Business Excellence with John Spence

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” »

Great Leadership Advice for Challenging Times

The feedback from my recent video post of the Six Keys to Business Survival for 2009 has been exceedingly positive, and we plan to do several more videos in the coming months.  However, I came across an absolutely outstanding article by Dan McCarthy on his website “Great Leadership” that I think is one of the best I’ve read in a long time on how to lead in challenging times.  His comments and advice are spot on as well as being realistic and two-the-point.  I strongly encourage you to forward this link on to anyone in a leadership position — it’s just some great solid information that people need to be thinking about right now.  Also, be sure to click on the links in side of his article that lead to the article and white papers from DDI – these are also absolutely fantastic.


Here is the lead-in to Dan’s article, I promise you’ll enjoy the rest and the links:

Great Leadership for Challenging Times

I know this is a long overdue post. After all, this blog is supposed to be all about leadership and leadership development, and while there have been hundreds of articles written about how to lead during these challenging economic times, I’ve yet to add my own two cents…

To read the rest of this article click HERE

Hope this helps — I look forward to your feedback — John


Six Key Strategies for Success in a Challenging Economy

For the past 14 years I have served as an advisor and coach to more than 300 companies worldwide. Recently, I have had a number of clients ask for my advice on how to handle the current business downturn. In some of the industries I work in the numbers look extremely bleak and I am predicting that there is going to be a serious shakeout of any weak players. To make sure you are one of the strong that survive, here are my top recommendations for what you need to focus on to successfully navigate these difficult economic times. Continue reading “Six Key Strategies for Success in a Challenging Economy” »