Just Published! FASTBREAK: The CEO’s Guide to Strategy Execution

“Publishing a book is like stuffing a note into a bottle and hurling it into the sea. Some bottles drown, some come safe to land, where the notes are read and then possibly cherished, or else misinterpreted, or else understood all too well by those who hate the message. You never know who your readers might be.” ― Margaret Atwood

Fastbreak 2

There is no strategy without execution, and there is no execution without leadership!

Even though several hundred copies have been out to clients and colleagues for the past month, I can finally announce that my newest business publication FASTBREAK: The CEO’s Guide to Strategy Execution, is finally available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

I am looking forward to hearing comments from readers and seeing the reviews add up on Amazon.  Just the other day I received this note from a former client:

John:  Thanks so much for sending a copy of your book: Fastbreak – The CEO’s Guide to Strategy Execution.

I noticed that the illustration on pg 184 portrayed some of our early strategic planning templates on restoring Lycoming to its former legendary market dominance and righting its profitability as well.

I thought you might appreciate that Lycoming’s  journey to “Premier Status” in our industry includes some significant milestones, including the Shingo Prize(Enterprise), industry leading quality, world-class customer response times, a “break even” reduced by $50 Million and as a result, profitability.  Moreover, we are entering new markets and winning new customers because “execution” has become our trademark.  Thanks for your help in making it so.

 Don Wagner, VP Operations, Lycoming Engines   

I had great fun writing this book because it allowed me to review the past 35 years of consulting assignments, CEO advisory, senior team strategy workshops, culture change engagements, and discussions with business and professional leaders around the world. In 1980 we supported the new leadership team at Three Mile Island as they created a new culture built on safety. In Hong Kong in 1996, a year  before the handover, we talked about accountability with executives from mainland China.  In 2007 we supported Textron Systems Company in the acquisition of a premier UAV maker, AAI Corporation.  And all along the way we have made friends and learned far more than we ever imagined (and collected millions of frequent flier miles).

This book is not an academic treatise on strategy execution, but rather a senior level guide with key points, principles, case studies, and suggestions.  Also, it contains the FASTBREAK Strategy Execution Roadmap process, which you might find useful in thinking through and organizing your current strategic objectives. My objective with this new book is to rethink the traditional way strategy is formulated and delivered, to provide a more effective approach and framework.

CEOs and business leaders today are pulled in multiple directions, seemingly all at once, FASTBREAK diagramand often find it difficult to align and focus all the various business initiatives. And in today’s highly competitive global marketplace, distractions can prove fatal to effective strategy execution. FASTBREAK brings together leadership, culture and strategy execution into an integrated and robust business process and has proven to be an effective way to improve transparency, goal alignment, governance, accountability and strategic focus.  For those companies intent on delivering growth and profitability, FASTBREAK represents a highly effective way of managing the business.

I hope you will take a look, purchase a copy, share it with your management team and colleagues, and most importantly, take whatever insights you can from this book and implement them into your organisation.  And of course, drop me a note with your feedback.  Better yet, write a review and post it on Amazon.

“Write from the heart. A book without a pulse is like a person without a spirit.” ― Linda F. Radke

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 Just Published! FASTBREAK: The CEO’s Guide to Strategy Execution

  1. Raunak says:

    Reblogged this on doakonsult and commented:
    I have read a lot of books on Strategy Execution and Leadership. But FASTBREAK comes closest to perfection. It is one guide that I as a Business Head can relate with. John doesn’t beat around the bush. He knows exactly what modern businesses need and presents an exhaustive yet simple framework to help senior executives realize their vision. A must read for both leaders and those who aspire to lead.


  2. Raunak says:

    John: I played Basketball at college and was the fastbreak expert 🙂 I knew I was going to enjoy this book as soon as I read the title.


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