September 10, 2009

News & Opinion: Awesomely Simple Interview with John Spence (800-CEO-READ Podcast)

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 3:41 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I recently talked with John Spence, the author of Awesomely Simple: Essential Business Strategies For Turning Ideas Into Action.

John believes if you concentrate on a small set of simple things and get those right that you'll have more time for the complicated tasks. His six simple principles for success are:
  1. Vivid Vision
  2. Best People
  3. Robust Communication
  4. Sense of Urgency
  5. Disciplined Execution
  6. Extreme Customer Focus

We talk about how John reads more business books than I do, how mantras can make great mission statements, and what the next thing you do is after you read the book.

The interview lasts 38 minutes.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.