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      Driven by an insatiable curiosity to understand the fundamental aspects of what it takes to achieve and sustain excellence in business and life, John Spence has earned a reputation as a leading authority in the areas of Strategic Thinking, High-Performance Teams, Advanced Leadership Development, and Delivering Consistently Superior Customer Service, making him one of the most highly sought after executive educators and professional speakers in America.

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. Two years later John was nominated as one of the top CEOs under the age of 40 in Florida and Inc. Magazine’s “Zinc Online” recognized him as one of America’s up and coming young business leaders. In 2011 John was chosen as one of the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders in America, received honorable mention as one of the top 100 Small Business Influencers in America and became Director of Best Practice Innovation at the Best Practice Institute.

For the past 17 years, John has presented workshops, speeches and executive coaching to more than 300 organizations worldwide including; Microsoft, IBM, GE, Abbott, Merrill Lynch, AT&T, Verizon, Qualcomm, State Farm, and dozens of private companies, government offices and not-for-profits. John is also the author of Excellence by Design: the six key characteristics of outstanding leaders and Awesomely Simple – essential business strategies for turning ideas into action. He has been a guest lecturer at over 90 colleges and universities across the United States including Harvard, Rutgers, Brown, Stanford and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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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    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 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.



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    John has delivered executive education sessions, employee training keynotes for more than 300 organization. These include:

    • Harmon Music Group
    • Fidelity Investments
    • Penson Worldwide
    • Shands UF Health Care
    • Fonterra
    • AT&T
    • The City of Ocala
    • Gwinnett County Schools
    • The City of Gainesville
    • The City of Tampa
    • The City of Jacksonville
    • The City of Nashville
    • US Department of Agriculture
    • New Horizon′s Learning Centers




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    John has delivered executive education sessions, employee training keynotes for more than 300 organization. These include:

    • Harmon Music Group
    • Fidelity Investments
    • Penson Worldwide
    • Shands UF Health Care
    • Fonterra
    • AT&T
    • The City of Ocala
    • Gwinnett County Schools
    • The City of Gainesville
    • The City of Tampa
    • The City of Jacksonville
    • The City of Nashville
    • US Department of Agriculture
    • New Horizon′s Learning Centers


    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 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.



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