Leverage

 

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Give me lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I can move the earth. ~Archimedes

 Archimedes was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor and astronomer who lived between approximately 287 BC – 212 BC in the city of Syracuse. He is perhaps best known for his mathematical and physical explanations of the Principle of Leverage, using a lever and fulcrum to lift objects that would otherwise have been too heavy to move.

The job of the CEO and business leader calls for heavy lifting and the movement of some pretty stubborn and immovable objects. Not only does the CEO have to divine a winning strategy, but has to align and launch the human energies of hundreds to thousands of individuals, each with multiple agendas, towards a common objective in a cost effective efficient manner and in the fasted time possible to stay ahead of the competition.

For that task some real leverage is needed. Leadership is the lever and corporate culture is the fulcrum.

A weak culture will not sustain the force required for change. An unaligned culture will cause the lever of leadership to lose balance and be inefficient. But a strong culture, aligned with the strategy and supported by strong leadership, can “shift the world”.

“If you don’t understand your corporate culture, you don’t really understand your business!”

Coming Soon:

My newest book, LEVERAGE: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture, will be available in paperback from Amazon and all other on-line book shops in just a few weeks, just in time to order copies for your management team for the holidays.

John R Childress

john@johnrchildress

for more information see my business website at:  http://businessbooks.johnrchildress.com

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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2 Responses to Leverage

  1. Steve Borek says:

    Your new book is fantastic! So well written.Lots of great research. You did a great job John.

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