Breaking Up Is Hard To Do . . .

If you are a child of the 60’s, then  you can easily hear in your memory the lyrics to this Neil Sedaka blockbuster.  If you can’t recall them, or are from a  different generation, click here for a blast from the past.

Well, there comes a time in every relationship when things must change and so I must announce that I am breaking up . . . my original blog, Rethinking  . . . thoughts and experiences of life, business, parenting and flyfishing.  

Actually, this blog is giving “birth” to two new blogs. So, there are now three blogs, one for whatever your “persuasion”: a business blog, a thriller novels blog, and this original Rethinking blog.

This current blog remains, Rethinking.  My intention is to focus more on my personal experiences of growing older (hopefully gracefully), parenting and living with a teenager, sharing my emerging philosophy of right living (and my mistakes) and of course chronicling my flyfishing adventures around the world (which I hope will be many).

Its first child, my business blog, will be hosted on my business website ( and will focus more on trying to make sense of the global world of business that, whether we like it or not, has a great deal of influence on every one of us and our future.

For the past 35 years I have been engaged in consulting and advising senior executive teams on leadership, teambuilding, culture change, strategy execution and turnarounds.  There are, I believe, some fabulous personal, organizational and global lessons in these assignments, from helping management after the Three Mile Island Nuclear accident, to converting a Ford Escort assembly plant into a modern Jaguar production facility, to working with Saks Fifth Avenue and McDonald’s.  Seemingly very different industries but with many of the same leadership and organisation challenges.

The other offspring blog, my Thriller Novels Blog, will be hosted on my thriller novels website, Here I will share with you the creative (I hope) process of conceiving and giving birth to thriller novels.  You can find my current four novels, Almost Perfect, Game Changer, Business As Usual, and Bad Company there, with reviews, sample chapters, and even video trailers.  Grab a beer or a glass of wine and get reading!

So, now you can dip into one or all three of my blogs and hopefully at one place or another find a morsel to make you think, to laugh, to question, or to just plain have an enjoyable break from your day.

“Action often produces results, even if you don’t know what you are doing.”

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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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