My first interaction and major learning on corporate culture and business results came in 1979 right after the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Station meltdown. It took us 3 years to rebuild a culture of safety and teamwork and this massive undertaking gave me a strong foundation in business transformation and cultue change.

Looking back on over 40 years of being a CEO, consultant and advisor to business leaders, I will be using this blog to sort out what “really works” from what doesn’t.  Looking ahead to my next set of adventures in business, I will be using this space to share my insights and learnings along the way.

Someone once said “the unexamined life isn’t worth living”, which may be important, but I also believe that the “unlived life isn’t worth examining”!

So tune in every so often to this blog as I set about sharing my disruptive insights on leadership, corporate culture, business effectiveness, cyber security, digital transformation, and current business events.

The boring bits:

John R. Childress is an independent business advisor with a focus on corporate culture, leadership teams and strategy execution and a key advisor to global CEOs and business leaders. He is also a business author of important works on Strategy Execution and Corporate Culture (CULTURE RULES: The 10 Core Principles of Corporate Culture,   FASTBREAK: The CEO’s Guide to Strategy Execution, and LEVERAGE: The CEO’s Guide to Corporate Culture).

A senior executive with 35+ years experience of building and running an international consulting firm and also consulting and coaching CEOs and senior leadership teams. Born in the mountains of Oregon, raised on the California coast and educated at Harvard, John brings a penetrating insight, creative solutions and sense of humour to his work.

After deciding that a Ph.D. in marine ecology wasn’t his best path, John co-founded, in 1978, a groundbreaking leadership consulting firm with Dr. Larry E. Senn. By 2000 it had grown significantly with offices in Los Angeles, New York and London, over 50 consultants and a Blue Chip list of clients. John and Larry pioneered much of the early work on corporate culture and the technology for culture change.

In 2000 John retired to the south of France to write novels and “stop travelling for a while” (see John’s thriller novels).  After two novels and a new daughter, John and his family moved to London where he coaches senior executives and works with global clients on special projects.

You can find out more about John at www.johnrchildress.com

Contact John at john@johnrchildress.com


7 Responses to About

  1. John, I’ve nominated you for the 2012 Blog of the Year Award @ http://davidkanigan.com/2012/12/08/blog-of-the-year/#more-13084. You are under no obligation to accept. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your inspirational posts in 2012. Happy Holidays. Dave


  2. Sandy says:

    John, I’ve nominated you for the “Family of Bloggers” Award. To see the nomination, visit http://anotherlovelyday.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/overdue-thank-yous-awards-and-a-little-winnie-the-pooh.

    Thanks so much for your friendship and followship.

    ~ Sandy


  3. Simon Wierny says:

    Hi John. It is often fascinating to observe how many CEO’s, Senior Strategy Consultants etc, concentrate on the matters which can be irrelevant in both their life and work. Then they wake up in the middle of the night with this puzzling reality question: Have I really achieved anything? I am quite interested to read your upcoming book: ‘Rethinking Leadership…’ as I am interested in Lean Leadership and all matters dealing with so called strategic leadership.


    • Simon: the book title is actually FASTBREAK: The CEO’s Guide to Strategy Execution. My blog is named Rethinking Leadership. But I believe you will find the book answers many of the questions you are asking. It is only available on Amazon.co.uk at the moment,but in a week or so should be available on Amazon.com.


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