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Awesomely Simple: Essential Business Strategies for Turning Ideas Into Action Hardcover – September 8, 2009
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—Small Business Trends
"[Awesomely Simple] reminds us that a thriving successful business is about doing the basics right and not just doing what feels good. If you’re a small business owner, no matter what the size of your business, this is your bible. You will save yourself heartache, time, frustration, anguish and a multitude of other small business frustrations by simply taking this book and making it your roadmap."
—Smart Business Trends, December 13, 2009
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At the age of just 26, John was named CEO of an international Rockefeller foundation, overseeing projects in twenty countries and reporting directly to the Chairman, Winthrop P. Rockefeller III. Two years later he was recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of our country's "Up and Coming Young Business Leaders."
More recently, Trust Across America named John as one of the Top 100 Business Thought Leaders in America and also recognized him on their global list of the "Top 100 Thought Leaders in the area of Trustworthy Business Behavior." Other recipients of this prestigious award included Sir Richard Branson and Howard Schultz. Additionally, John has been selected as a top 100 Small Business Influencer in America and as one of the top 500 leadership development experts in the world. The American Management Association named John as one of the top 50 leaders in America to watch along with Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
John has presented workshops, speeches and executive coaching to more than 300 organizations worldwide from firms such as Microsoft , Apple, GE and IBM, to dozens of private companies, non-profits and associations.. John is also the author of four books and has been a guest lecturer at over 90 universities including Stanford, Cornell, the Wharton School of Business and is an instructor in the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT.
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The result is a well-laid out, well-written book that makes 56 key points, asks you to audit 77 things in your organization. It suggests 41 items worthy of thought and discussion and a like number of suggestions for turning those ideas into action. And that's without getting to the meat of the chapters.
This book will be a good buy for you if you're looking for a short, well-written book that will help you review your business and come up with good ideas for improving the way you do things. If you're looking for a high level view, with a few good details thrown in, this is a good book.
The book may not be a good buy for you if you're seeking ways to improve your team or individual performance. The book is written about the whole organization and mostly high level issues. That leaves you with advice to do things like "Fully align all major strategies and objectives of the organization."
The book is written as if you can simply stop operations for a year or so and follow the book's ideas. You simply don't develop a high performance culture quickly and you don't have the luxury of chucking your old culture overboard and starting from scratch.
If that high-level overview is what you want, read on. Here's a review of the content, chapter by chapter.
The first chapter tells you to develop a "clear, vivid, compelling, and inspiring vision for the future of your business." That's simple to say and hard to do.
In the next chapter you are told to "create a corporate culture that attracts, grows, and keeps the best people.Read more ›
I finished reading Awesomely Simple a few days ago and have found myself carrying it around with me as a reference. It's strange, but I feel almost proud to have it with me. I've cited it to my team and to the other managers with whom I work. I've copied a few phrases into email.
One feature I particularly love is that John Spence ends every chapter with a bullet point summary, a self inventory that helps apply the ideas to the reader's workplace, and a treasure trove full of examples and/or additional information. It's so difficult to translate what we read into action, but Awesomely Simple includes bridges to action for every key idea.
Awesomely Simple is a great example of a simple and clear view of what's important and what works in business. It assembles the best business logic of our time in one handy little guidebook. If everyone in my company would invest a single day to read it, my company might well achieve even more than it has.
Buy this book, read it, and then go back and work it. We'll all be better for the effort. And we'll owe John Spence a huge debt of thanks.
After reading thousands of business books, John has mastered to simplify and unify the messages of many texts and he presents his findings and experiences in an interactive, suggestive way where every reader is guaranteed to gain insight from his book.
"Awesomely Simple" has become my new mantra for work, business and home and I would bet that John's strategies, approaches and suggestions have the potential to become a #1 bestseller, leaving a permanent imprint on the business community.
A must read for everyone, applicable to anyone, not just in the business world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! I bought this for a class in college but will be applying it to my work. The book was inexpensive and arrived to my home very quickly. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is easy to make simple things complex but it takes real genius to take complex concepts and make them simple. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeb Blount (People Buy You)
I was fortunate enough to have this book brought to my attention in class by our strategic management lecturer. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Victoria Crighton
The book clearly explains how to take a hard look at your business and develop plans and actions to significantly increase your company success. Read morePublished 8 months ago by IOSIF KOEN
I like the flow of text, easy note taking, chapter summaries. Reading it is simple, acting on what you learn is the challenge. Focus discipline and action are required... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kathy Baggs
One of the best books on leadership I have ever read. top marksPublished 11 months ago by Gordon Tredgold
This book is well travelled. It has been a companion for every trip I have taken since it was purchased. It's dog-eared, covered in sun tan lotion and notes fill every margin. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Laura505