A Fisherman and his Stuff

Yesterday I took off from London for Argentina and a two week fishing trip with my friend, Bruce, who lives in the US. Bruce and I have been fishing a few times before, and always to places far away from home. We’ve been to Alaska, the Amazon River and Kamchatka, Russia together. We are both more on the quiet, reserved type and so make good travelling companions. And Bruce is a good, and importantly, a very keen, fisherman.

Packing for a fishing trip is always a tradeoff, for me at least, between allowable airline luggage weights and the stuff I need for the type of fish and fishing conditions. This time we are going after large Rainbow trout in the mountains of Patagonia, and then on to Tierra del Fuego at the very tip of South America for monster Sea Run Brown trout (20+ lbs). So I was able to get all my stuff into one normal sized dufffle bag and put my four fishing rods into my leather case to carry on.

But most of us, myself included, tend to pack way more than we need. I call it the “boy scout” syndrome, “always be prepared”. Bruce is one who packs for every eventuality.

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We finally got all our stuff into the car, and were rewarded with an ice cold beer!

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(sorry about the picture, still getting used to doing blogs from my iPad with the new WordPress App)

More fishing and travel in Argentina to come, but right now we are off to the river!

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress

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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