Time for Renewal

Break open a cherry tree and there are no flowers, but the spring breeze brings forth myriad blossoms.  -Ikkyu Sojun

It’s no coincidence that spring, Easter, and renewed feelings of aliveness, energy and change are all grouped together.  It is definitely the season of rebirth, in many ways and across many disciplines.  Biologically speaking spring is when the sap flows, the trees bud, the vines shake off winter and the animals get frisky (people too!).  In various parts of the Middle East they celebrate Norwuz (the first day of Spring), there is the Chinese New Year marking the beginning of spring and of course in the Christian-based religions there is Easter, a time of rebirth.  Lots happening this time of year.

I also have a suspicion that the various protests sweeping the globe demanding regime change are also a product of the desire for renewal.  Too long people have suffered under a winter of oppression, irresponsible leadership, lack of accountability and elitism.  Also the calls for change in the culture of banking are a demand for renewal as well; a renewed level of openness, transparency, and accountability.  In governments and public institutions the world over leaders are being called to account like never before.

What makes the current global renewal attempts different from previous change efforts is transparency and global access.  With the rise of the Internet allowing access to events on an instantaneous basis for the world to see, dictators and other oppressive forces can no longer hide under the cloak of invisibility.

Just today there were reports from several independent sources on the numbers of protesters killed by government forces in Syria.  When I lived in the Beirut in the late 60’s events in Syria, right next door, rarely came to light.  Now they circle the globe in milliseconds and reach millions of concerned people.  People have always cared about injustices, but most atrocities never came to light.  Today we have a growing global population of concerned and informed people who are becoming fed up with abuse of power among those entrusted with the wellbeing of nations and public institutions.

Change is in the air, and the airwaves.  Leaders take notice.  It’s time to lead!

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress

john@johnrchildress.com

About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. Between 1974 and 1978 John was Vice President for Education and a senior workshop leader with PSI World, Inc. a public educational organization. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress currently resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at john@johnrchildress.com or john.childress@theprincipiagroup.com
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