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Business ideas, tips and advice from top 100 business thought leader John Spence based on a Big Think interview with A.G. Lafley.
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Celebrate what you accomplish, but raise the bar each time you succeed.
Celebrate what you accomplish, but raise the bar each time you succeed.
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moving your own goal posts repositions you from the guest seat to be a better Host for others.
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6 Unusual Traits of Highly Successful People
Do you really have what it takes to be successful? Here Inc. columnists share the traits that few people possess.
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Improve your company culture #business #leadership #startups
Solid tools and ideas on how to build a superior organizational culture
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John Spence is my guest on #BizLockerRadio this week. We'll examine some of the essential business strategies from John's "ultimate business formula."
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Nobody seems to like the term “coaching.” Everybody seems to prefer the term “mentoring.” What is the difference between coaching and mentoring? I'm so glad you asked! Let's make this simple: The primary goal of coaching is to improve us in our current role. The primary goal of mentoring is to ...
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FREE webinar on Building A Winning Culture - learn more here #leadership #business #startup
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It's like it's not there at all. But be carefulit can still run you over.
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All it takes is 10 seconds to grasp these points--and take your leadership from good to great.
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John Spence show you how to be more successful than 90% of the people around you!
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Author, professional speaker, management consultant, executive trainer
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  • Top 100 Business Thought Leader
    Author, professional speaker, management consultant, executive trainer, 1994 - present
  • The Billfish Foundation
    ED / CEO, 1989 - 1994
  • Sales Force Systems International
    Partner, 1994 - 1996
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Making the very complex...awesomely simple!

"Making the very complex...awesomely simple” is no mere catch phrase, it is truly John Spence’s mission in life.

At the age of just 26, John was named CEO of an international Rockefeller foundation, overseeing projects in 20 countries and reporting directly to the Chairman of the Board, Winthrop P. Rockefeller III. Three years later Inc. Magazine’s “Zinc Online” recognized him as one of America’s up and coming young business leaders. 

John has twice been named by Trust Across America as one of the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders in America and has been recognized by that organization on their global list of the top 100 Thought Leaders in the area of "Trustworthy Business Behavior." Other recipients of this award include: Sir Richard Branson - CEO of the Virgin Group, Howard Schultz - CEO of Starbucks, Tony Hsieh - CEO of Zappos, acclaimed business consultant Ram Charan, internationally renowned author Thomas L. Friedman, and business authors Patrick Lencioni, Tom Peters, Rosabeth M. Kanter and Jim Kouzes. John has also been selected as a leading small business influencer in America along with Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin and Apple.

Since John established his firm in 1994, he has presented workshops, speeches and executive coaching to more than 300 organizations worldwide including; Microsoft, IBM, GE, Abbott, Apple, Merrill Lynch, AT&T, Verizon, Qualcomm and dozens of private companies, government offices and not-for-profits. 

John has been a guest lecturer at over 90 colleges and universities across the United States including Harvard, Cornell, Stanford and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania as well as an instructor at the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT. John currently serves as the Director of Best Practice Innovation for the Best Practice Institute and as an advisor/board member to several companies.

Affectionately referred to as the “Human Cliffs Notes” by many of his clients, John is known for taking massive amounts of research combined with his personal hands-on experience to deliver timely, focused, results-driven programs. For example, to create carefully customized workshops and presentations that reflect the newest research and most current thinking, John reads a minimum of 100 business-related books each year and listens to an additional 30-50 audio books, giving him an incredible depth and breadth of knowledge which to draw from.

John has served as “Executive in Residence” for the University of Central Florida’s Technology Incubator; as a Special Advisor to the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University; as a lead instructor for the University of North Florida’s Executive Education division; on the Board of Directors for the University of Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; as an advisor to the University of Florida’s Leadership Development Institute and as a senior instructor at the Cornell University Leadership Development School.

His work as a business advisor and executive educator has taken him on assignments to Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Latin America, the Bahamas and Canada.

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My Book: "Awesomely Simple: Essential Business Strategies for Turning Ideas into Action" was the winner of the Reader's Choice Award as one of the Top Ten Small Business Books of 2009 - the year it was released.
  • University of Florida
    1986 - 1989
  • Gulliver Prepatory
    1970 - 1982
  • Santa Fe College
    1984 - 1986
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John Spence shares his business tips and advice about trying to be the best in the world in your business.

The First Rule of Effective Communication | JACK MALCOLM

This is my 500th blog post, and I could think of no more fitting topic for such a milestone than this: the first rule of effective communica

How to be a Great Mentee / Mentor

Mentoring is critical to business success and career success, John Spence shares tips and advice about how to be a great mentor and mentee.

The Best Graduation Speech...Never Given

This graduation speech is for those of you who are going to change the world, as well as for those who are going change the world around you

Accountability: meaningless without consequences

Success in business is about accountability. Learn how to improve accountability and KPIs in your company.

What's a connection culture, and how do we get there? | SmartBlogs

Culture is a real field of study and real, if nothing else, in the sense that people believe in it and can perceive good, bad and nonexisten

Change Is Changing

Change management and leading change have never been more important. John Spence shares six key business ideas about how to lead change.

Business Success Made Simple

John Spence share four key questions that can significantly impact the success of your business.

5 Qualities of Great Leaders

Great leaders don't resort to command and control to get results. They’re effective because they’re knowledgeable, admired, trusted, and res

Sales Leadership Webinar

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