John Spence | Speaker & Trusted Advisor to Companies Worldwide

“MAKING THE VERY COMPLEX… AWESOMELY SIMPLE” John Spence is recognized as one of the top business thought leaders and leadership development experts in the world and was named by the American Management Association as one of America’s Top 50 Leaders to Watch along with Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google and Jeff Bezos of Amazon. As a consultant and coach to organizations worldwide, from startups to the Fortune 10, John is dedicated to helping people and businesses be more successful by “Making the Very Complex… Awesomely Simple.” For more than 23 years John Spence has traveled worldwide helping people and businesses be more successful. John is the author of five books and co-author of several more, a business consultant, workshop facilitator, keynote speaker and executive coach with a client list that includes numerous Fortune 500 firms to small businesses, professional associations and other organizations. John’s areas of expertise include: leadership, high-performance teams, managing change, organizational culture, consultative selling, strategic planning, strategy execution and the future of business. SPEAKING: Recognized as one of the top professional speakers in America, John Spence delivers information-intensive keynotes and breakout sessions that are highly focused and results-oriented, while remaining fun and entertaining. Whether addressing an audience of up to 10,000 business professionals at a large conference, or facilitating a closed-door session with a handful of top executives, John readily establishes a strong connection to people through his honest, open and approachable style, combined with his incredible ability to address complex and challenging subjects in a simple and straightforward manner. Listed below are very brief overviews of some of John’s most requested speeches. Although the majority of John’s keynotes focus on the areas of leadership, teamwork, business excellence, strategic thinking, corporate culture and customer service – keep in mind that he never presents a “generic” speech. John will always take the time necessary to work with you and your organization to fully customize his presentation to meet your unique needs and ensure that he delivers exactly the right message. • THE LEADER OF THE FUTURE Based on John’s work as the senior instructor for several corporate leadership development programs, this speech focuses on the characteristics, skills, attitudes and behaviors that are demanded by top talent of leaders they willingly follow. Topics for this speech include respect, vision, honesty, communication, teamwork, integrity and ethics. This thought-provoking and motivating session will help attendees understand what is required to be a highly effective leader. • AWESOMELY SIMPLE Taken directly from the core ideas of John’s book, this speech deals with the six critical strategies for building and sustaining a highly successful organization. Full of stories, anecdotes and lots of real-world application, this speech will help attendees clearly understand what they must focus on to take their business to the next level and keep it moving forward. This speech is appropriate for anyone who manages or leads a team, department, division or an entire organization. • CREATING A WINNING CULTURE One of John’s most popular speeches, this program takes an in-depth look at what is required to build the kind of corporate culture that attracts, retains and grows truly outstanding employees. Based on the Great Places to Work study and the Firms of Endearment study, this speech touches on issues such as: communication, teamwork, motivation, accountability and delivering superior customer service. • THE NEW NORMAL: DEALING EFFECTIVELY WITH CHANGE Anytime there is economic or organizational turmoil and your employees are faced with significant change, it is absolutely critical to help people understand how to effectively embrace change and move forward proactively towards the “new normal.” This speech deals with the emotional cycle that people move through as they struggle with change and outlines specifically what must be done to create an organization that can deal successfully with change. • MANAGING MILLENNIALS For the first time in history, five generations are working side by side. But whether this multi-generational workplace feels happy, engaged and productive or misunderstood and antagonistic, is in large part, up to the leader. How should you manage employees of different age groups? What motivates each of these different generations? What specifically motivates the fastest growing segment of the workforce, the Millennial? What can you or your management team do to help them work effectively together, share knowledge and ideas, foster an engaged and collaborative culture, create strong work units while delivering the required business results? Whether focusing on the millennial generation’s attitudes, value systems and what motivates them or integrating all generations into cohesive teams, this information-intensive workshop or keynote will provide the specific skills and tools to help you successfully lead and manage across this incredibly diverse workforce. ** for full information on John's client options and services click to his website from this profile **


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5 Reviews
Todd Spaulding – Vice President – CADDY

I can’t tell you how many learning sessions I’ve attended at conferences over the past 20 years, but I’ve never been more inspired and driven coming out of one than yours at MCAA. Today, I purchased Awesomely Simple for all my “plane hours” on a business trip to Europe next week, signed up for your blog, and sent the 90 life-changing quotes to my teenagers and wife. I look forward to sharing this information with my team and family… and most importantly – applying it.

May 2019

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Izabela Paluch – Chairman of the Board – INTECH PK

We would like to express our gratitude for the meeting last week at PAMI. We found your insightful advices very useful and your presentation contained several innovative ideas that we are now considering for our development. It was very inspiring for us to learn that the complex issues are awesomely simple!

May 2019

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Lee Ann Fisch – Director of Communications – Florida Forestry Association

“THAT WAS GOLD.” [John] really was fabulous. He stopped at my table to check in with me after it was over and spent like 20 minutes talking to the people sitting with me. When he left, I turned to them and said, “And you thought it was great when I got you an extra piece of cheesecake. Now you’ve had a private audience with John Spence!” Their response: “The cheesecake was great, but that (indicating their private roundtable discussion with JS) … that was gold. We want to sit with you all the time!

May 2019

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