A Haunting Realization

After watching the tragic events in Japan on the news, I was struck with a haunting realization.  As long as the human suffering is caused by nature the nations of the world come running to aid the helpless victims.  But when the human suffering is caused by a despot, dictator or some group of political or religious haters, the world sends words instead of real help.  The suffering is the same in both cases, so why must the civilized nations of the world distinguish between the two?

We need to get our priorities straight as a global community so that situations like Rwanda, Darfur, Sudan and countless other human atrocities are dealt with as swiftly as the aid pouring into Japan, Haiti and other victims of natural disasters.  I am sorry to say this, but the UN has lost its vision, values and courage to take  a stand for helpless victims, no matter what the cause.

About johnrchildress

John Childress is currently Visiting Professor in Strategy and Culture at IE Business School in Madrid and 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. 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 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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One Response to A Haunting Realization

  1. Bill Collins says:

    John, I am with you wholeheartedly on that one. When are we going to ‘get it’ as a specie? Humanity always has 3 or more generations alive, blindly spewing the vitriolic rhetoric of their past 50 generations to the new generation being born. Until that chain is broken, we can never work together on this planet to reach the only altruistic goal which is to have each and every one of ‘us’ housed and fed, day in and day out, irrespective of geography or beliefs.

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