New Business Book Now Available Now in Paperback



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Few concepts in business contain so many powerful truths, and at the same time so much crap, as corporate culture.

35 Years of Asking the Hard Questions and Searching For Answers

“Experience isn’t the best teacher, it is the only teacher!”  Albert Schweitzer

Inside this new book you will find my views on corporate culture after 35 years of working with senior executive teams and global organizations on the role of culture and performance.  Along the way I have searched for and found answers to some of the hardest culture issues:

  • Do you know why most culture change programs fail?
  • Do you know why Culture Statements and Value Statements do more harm than good?
  • Do you know how corporate culture is built?
  • Learn about one of the most successful culture changes that didn’t start out as a culture change effort!
  • Who in the organization has the most influence on whether a culture is functional or toxic? (most people guess wrong).
  • Why do great cultures drift towards the dysfunctional?
  • What is the most effective culture change methodology?
  • Why most culture surveys and assessments don’t really measure culture!

“You need to read this book before your CEO does.”  Frank Tempesta, former CEO, Textron Systems

For a management concept that has so much written in the press and academic journals, not to mention the several hundred books on corporate culture, even the experts can’t agree on a clear and encompassing definition. So if we can’t really define corporate culture, then what makes us think we can understand it, yet alone manage or improve it?

This book is designed to assist you, the CEO, senior executive, business and government leader in developing your own understanding of corporate culture, it’s role in your quest for improved performance, and how you can best shape, guide and lead a high-performance corporate culture.

Corporate culture is one of the most written about (and talked about) subjects in business today, and one of the least understood!

Let’s be realistic. Culture is only one dimension of organizational success and failure. Yet make no mistake. Culture matters and in many ways corporate culture impacts the performance of your business.

That is why I hope, in this book, to separate the useful from the exaggerated, the fundamental principles from the pontifications, and the BS from the fertilizer, in order to provide you with not only an informed and mature understanding as to what corporate culture is all about, but also some tools to manage and leverage your corporate culture to the advantage of your customers, employees, communities and shareholders.

If you have ever wondered what all the hype and fuss is about Corporate Culture, and how culture can be a significant ingredient for sustainable business success, then go to Amazon and order a copy of LEVERAGE: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture.  

A perfect book for your entire senior team!

For more information or to arrange John Childress as a speaker at your next offsite or conference, contact:

John R Childress

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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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3 Responses to New Business Book Now Available Now in Paperback

  1. Frank Tempesta says:


    As written, this blog is very compelling. Nicely done. Congratulations on the launch….I’ll bet it’s going to be very successful. Such a vague, yet important subject for a leader.

    Best, Frank

    Sent from my iPad



  2. Raunak says:

    Reblogged this on doakonsult and commented:
    Highly recommended reading! Its a rare opportunity to gain real life wisdom from John’s rich corporate experience. There are no cliches in the book. What John shares are truly ingenious concepts that are refreshing.


  3. Pingback: Corporate Culture is the Answer to Depersonalised, Bureaucratic Work | LAST FREELANCE

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