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


John Spence is the author of four books, a business management consultant, executive trainer and speaker with a client list that includes numerous Fortune 500 firms, small to medium-sized businesses and other organizations around the globe.

At 26 he was the CEO of an international Rockefeller foundation, overseeing projects in 20 countries. Just two years later he was an Inc. Magazine Up and Coming Young Business Leader. Today, John is recognized as one of the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders in America, one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers in America and one of the top 500 Leadership Development Experts in the World.

John is also one of the American Management Association’s Leaders to Watch in 2015 along with Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Jeff Bezos.

He has been a guest lecturer at more than 90 colleges and universities including MIT, Stanford, Cornell and the Wharton School of Business, the owner or CEO of 10 companies and has made a career out of “Making the Very Complex… Awesomely Simple”.

Since 1994, John has presented workshops, speeches and executive coaching to more than 300 organizations worldwide, including dozens of private companies, government offices and not-for-profits. John is the author of  Excellence by Design; Leadership the six key characteristics of outstanding leaders and Awesomely Simple, essential business strategies for turning ideas into action. He is also the author of Letters to a CEO and Strategies for Success He 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 and as a special instructor for 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 from which to draw.

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.


Executive education/training workshops in the following areas: advanced leadership, high performance teams, strategic thinking/planning, business excellence, building a winning culture, accountability/disciplined execution and superior customer service.

Professional Speaker: comfortable with small groups of high-level executives to large scale seminars and keynote speeches at national meetings with groups as large as 9,000+.

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