A Different Kind of Holiday . . .

This week is vacation. Actually school holiday for my daughter and the family has decamped to our house in the South of France for two weeks.  But rather than just doing nothing or lounging on the beach (no beach here since we are in the mountains), we all have things to do. Goals.  Commitments.

Stephanie is practicing two new violin sonatas, Carmen Fantasy by Pablo Sarasate, and Beethoven Spring. She has performances coming up on December 9th and a Christmas Concert in Covent Garden, London on December 15th for the Concordia Foundation.  Then she has homework and tests to get ready for, as well as books to read for school.  Not much time for chilling out. But, we have been able to get in a few driving lessons on our country roads and even a lesson on gun safety and shooting with our shotgun.

My wife is busy setting up extra classes in English Literature and French to help some of the children at school prepare for the GCSE exams coming up.  Some times I think she should just start her own alternative school, but then I come to my senses (my father was a school superintendent and my mom a teacher – so I know how much time that takes).

And me? I’m finishing the last rewrites and edits on my new business book: FastBreak – The CEO’s Guide to Strategy Execution.  The end is the hardest part – all the fact checking, reference checking, spell checking (unfortunately MS Word spell check still needs manual checking – modern technology?). I hate details!!

And to round out the joy we have family and friends filling all the bedrooms, and the attic, and generally creating the type of chaos and fun that makes a family-and -riends holiday memorable and enjoyable.

Oh, and we also have a graduate piano student staying with us, who practices 6 hours a day, minimum. Great to have live music in the house nearly 24/7.

One more week and I will be ready to go back to work, head for Heathrow and an airplane to a client somewhere.  Amazing how peaceful and quiet 8-10 hours on an airplane can be.

But, to be honest, I wouldn’t trade all the chaos for anything.  Life is a contact sport and as we knock around and bump into each other, at least we are all moving in a direction of learning, living, loving, and making a difference.

What could be better? (perhaps a few more hours in the day?)

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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1 Response to A Different Kind of Holiday . . .

  1. Regan George says:

    OK — I now know that is wasn’t a break, break! Enjoy the peaceful flight back to the States!


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