I Forgot My Anniversary . . .

I can’t believe it.  I forgot my anniversary.  No, not my wedding anniversary (if I missed that one you wouldn’t be reading this blog – I’d be either dead or partially paralysed).  I am talking about the one year anniversary of my blog.

I can’t believe that 12 months and 210 posts later I’m still at it nearly every day.  I guess I forgot all about my first anniversary because thinking about and writing my thoughts on business, leadership, corporate culture, strategy execution, parenting, the trials and joys of being a father and husband, thoughts on life and living and of course, flyfishing, has just become a daily event for me.  And a highly enjoyable one at that.  My blog, Rethinking Leadership, began officially on March 2, 2011.

To celebrate my tardy remembrance (my brother calls it “old-timers”), I thought I would share one of my early blogs from April, 2011. The Wrong End of the Telescope.

I was inspired to write this blog after I saw this photograph.  Somehow the image became a metaphor for how backwards some things in the business world  have become.

It’s one of my favourite blogs.  Let me know your thoughts.  Or am I looking through the wrong end of the telescope?

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress


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. 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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4 Responses to I Forgot My Anniversary . . .

  1. hartsoffice says:

    Congrats man, I started a blog back in November, and am just trying to give some zest to my work and my life, you do consulting, I am trying to be a software consultant and tutor with a focus for people trying to be productive, any suggestions? Keep it up!


  2. John Green says:

    John I have read every one of your blogs since you started and have become as addicted to reading them as you are to writing them. As one of your ‘old timers’ I wish I had had access thirty years ago to daily advice and informed comment on management techniques, my business life would have been much more enjoyable.
    John Green


  3. Halit Turgay says:

    Congratulation and thank you for sharing your thought…


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