Awesomely Simple

John Spence believes that success in business can be boiled down into 6 core practices we all need to master.

He arrived at this conclusion after reading 100+ business books every year for 20 years, and from consulting for some of the world’s largest companies during that time.

The result is his book.

Awesomely Simple on Amazon

​Today I listened to a summary of the book Awesomely Simple, which details 6 principles companies can follow to grow and succeed:

Vivid Vision, Best People, A Performance-Oriented Culture, Robust Communication, A Sense of Urgency, and Extreme Customer Focus.

The big idea that really stood out for me was that your people are both your biggest asset and your biggest liability.

Here’s a quote from the summary:

Quite simply, the future of your company is directly tied to the quality of talent you can attract and keep. To help identify the top talent keep the following five C’s close by at all times: competence, character, collaboration, communication and commitment.

If you can see somebody who fits that bill it’s time to start talking to them. On the flip side, John reminds us that while many people like to say that people are the most valuable asset, that simply isn’t true. Your talented people are your most valuable asset, and your worst people are your biggest liability. Remember that your lowest performing employee sets that standard for acceptable performance in your entire organization.

You can read a summary of this book here today (you’ll need to create a free account first):


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