John Spence is a world renowned business consultant who has spent the past 23 years working with Fortune 500 organisations and consulting to the SME community. In the lead up to our information intensive one day workshops with John, we asked John some questions to learn more about the man himself and understand his inspiration, challenges and success strategies.
Tim will be joining Future Thinkers next week to discuss Tools of Titans, a book he has created based on the outstanding success of his podcast series The Tim Ferriss Show. Tim’s podcast has exceeded 100 million downloads and has been selected for “Best of iTunes” three years running.
This August The Growth Faculty welcomes to Australia a select group of ground breaking EAs who have challenged perceptions and redefined the role while thriving within it.
During her keynote at the Growth Summit ’16 in Australia and New Zealand in March, Frei addressed the dangers organisations face in attempting to excel at everything. Producing what Frei describes as ‘exhaustive mediocracy’, how does an organisation decide what they should dare to be bad at?
Analysing major companies including Southwest Airlines, IKEA and Walmart, Frei illustrated how the best companies determine what their customers value most, and move their focus to achieving success in that area. A difficult thing for a company to do, but necessary in order to achieve greatness.In an invigorating close to the Growth Summit 16 in Australia and New Zealand in March, Grenny identified our important capacity to influence behaviour, and yet, noted that many leaders are naïve about why people do what they do. When solving influence problems (that is, how to influence someone’s behaviour), we have a habitual method of determining how to do so. There is a need to systematically identify and influence problems in a categorical way, and Grenny outlined just the format in which to do so.Jonathan Byrnes sat down with us at Future Thinkers to discuss his award winning book, Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink: Why 40% of Your Business Is Unprofitable and How to Fix It. Most companies get it wrong when it comes to analysing their customers. Jonathan says ‘traditional methods don’t cut it’ and explains these days, ‘the locus of value creation is shifting from product innovation in mass markets to account management/supply chain process innovation in precision markets.’Speaking at the Growth Summit ’16 in Australia and New Zealand the other week, Ismail shared a global perspective on the impact of breakthrough technologies and how organisations can leverage these disruptions to grow 10 times faster than their peers. What he refers to as Exponential Organisations (ExO).If you think you aren’t being judged by the caliber of your executive assistant, think again. Your executive assistant is your face to the world, your brand ambassador and your ultimate PR person. That being the case, executives must be mindful about whom they are choosing to represent them because your choice of assistant tells the world what you wish to convey about yourself.The nine-year research project behind this book started in 2002 around a simple question: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? When buffeted by tumultuous events, when hit by big, fast-moving forces that we can neither predict nor control, what distinguishes those who perform exceptionally well from those who underperform or worse?
The research method rests upon having a comparison set. The critical question is not “What did great companies share in common?” The critical question is “What did great companies share in common that distinguished them from their direct comparisons?”
Comparisons are companies that were in the same industry with the same or very similar opportunities during the same era as the 10X companies, yet they did not produce great performance.
Innovation can be radical or incremental and is occurring in all corners of our economy, creating a great deal of wealth and employment, while improving the goods and services offered to consumers. This occurs all the way from the traditional big end of town, in companies such as Toyota and Telstra, through to the ‘new economy’ with a raft of businesses such as Kogan, Carsales, Airbnb and Uber that are based on entrepreneurial ideas and opportunistic new business models.