Back to the Source . . . Insights and Inspiration


After a year and a half of blogging and over 340 blogs, I took some time out this Christmas holiday to look back over all my entries and to think about where the inspiration and insights for my blogs come from. No easy task, trying to find the source of inspiration!

Some believe the source of inspiration is divine.  Others seek inspiration in the quiet of introspection.  Many find inspiration in the chaos of life and living.

No one was ever great without some portion of divine inspiration.  ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

I am a great fan of the author Jack London, who wrote such adventure classics as Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf, and White Fang. Click here for a short synopsis of his life and character: Jack London as a Vagabond.

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.  ~Jack London 

Call of the WildJack London was born in 1876 in San Francisco, then a bustling sailing port and growing city.  He worked many different jobs during his lifetime including seaman, factory worker, railroad hobo, and even gold prospector in Klondike. Jack London engaged with life at its fullest and most rugged.  He worked hard and lived hard, and I believe this is where he found inspiration for his over 50 novels and short stories in a lifespan that stretched only 40 years.

As I reflected this past Christmas it dawned on me that my inspiration and ideas for my blogs,and my four thriller novels, as well as my business books, has all come from active engagement with exotic travel, challenging life situations, consulting clients and business challenges.  When I sit around and try to think up things, to be clever and inspired, I only wind up getting depressed.  But when I am out interacting, challenging the status quo, jumping on airplanes to meet a new client, or leading a leadership team workshop, that’s when I am most inspired.

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.  ~Pablo Picasso 

So, after two months at home finishing my latest business book – FASTBREAK: The CEO’s Guide to Strategy Execution (soon to be available on, this coming Wednesday I am off for a week and a half of client meetings, coaching, speeches and consulting challenges.  Getting excited already, and hopefully. . .  inspired.

When are you most inspired?

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 or
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2 Responses to Back to the Source . . . Insights and Inspiration

  1. “When I sit around and try to think up things, to be clever and inspired, I only wind up getting depressed.”

    Exactly my sentiments. As long as I’m not thinking about what to write about something inevitably pops into my head. The moment I start to think about what I should write about I go blank. It is as if a homunculus is working inside my brain searching for a good topic but he only gets to work when I’m not standing immediately over him.


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