New Book Helps CEOs Understand How Corporate Culture Impacts Performance


by John R. Childress 

Watch John Childress Discuss Culture and Banking Risk on CNBC European Closing Bell

John R Childress CNBC Interview 

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

Corporate culture is one of the most talked about and yet least understood concepts in business today. At a recent US Congressional hearing on banking reform attended by former Barclays CEO Bob Diamond, the term “corporate culture” was mentioned 50 times. While corporate culture may not show up on the Balance Sheet as a line item, in many companies culture is a Liability and not an Asset. And most CEOs don’t know what their culture really is!

JRC with Leverage booksSenior executive advisor John R. Childress has more than 35 years experience working with senior executive teams and global organizations on the role of culture, performance and strategy execution.

In LEVERAGE Childress separates the fundamental principles from the pontifications to provide the CEO and senior executive with an informed understanding as to what corporate culture is all about, and the tools to manage and leverage corporate culture to the advantage of your customers, employees, communities and shareholders.

LEVERAGE brings to life the important elements of corporate culture including the role of leadership, approaches to culture change, culture myths, culture surveys and assessments and the role of culture in strategy execution and mergers & acquisitions.

 LEVERAGE is a perfect book for your entire senior team!

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


This is the book every CEO has been waiting for! An insightful synthesis into the important topic of corporate culture, why it matters and how to separate the valuable from the B.S.
 – Michael J. McNally, Aivia Corporation.

LEVERAGE: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture is available in paperback at Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Baker & Taylor and Blackwell.

For more information or to arrange John Childress as a speaker at your next corporate or executive event, please contact: john@johnrchildress.com.

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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2 Responses to LEVERAGE and CNBC

  1. Frank Tempesta says:

    Wow….Now that you’re famous, will you even talk to me? Seriously, good job on the interview.

    Best, Frank

    Sent from my iPad



  2. Demetrie Comnas says:


    Great interview! In a short period of time, you got some terrific lines in that should capture the imagination of anyone with the slightest interest in the topic. Well done!



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