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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 or

Photography, Perspective and Corporate Culture

  Photography has come a long way since I got my first camera in the 1960’s.  It was a Leica SLR with a normal lens and a telephoto, which I took with me to Beirut, Lebanon during my Junior year … Continue reading

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Spider Webs and Corporate Culture

My little garden in London has a large number of spider webs that seem to be doing an excellent job of catching flies and mosquitos. In that sense, I don’t mind.  But when I pass through the garden in the … Continue reading

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Corporate Culture Myths

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. ~ John F. Kennedy Corporate culture is one of those business issues that is difficult to define … Continue reading

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Real Leadership Development is . . .

Leadership and learning are indispensable from each other. ~ John F. Kennedy Whether developed and delivered by world-renowned business professors at famous universities, or designed and conducted by company L&D specialists, most leadership development courses, workshops and programs don’t work! … Continue reading

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CULTURE RULES ! : A Revolutionary Insight about Corporate Culture

New Book by John R Childress coming in October, 2017.   Some advanced praise: “This wonderful book will transform our understanding of corporate culture.  Seeing culture as a business system, and the 10 Core Principles that govern culture, can help … Continue reading

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Develop Character First, Leadership Will Follow

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.  ~Helen Keller In the middle of the second World War, Britain was facing a shortage … Continue reading

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I don’t multi-task well

Multi-tasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time. ~Gary W. Keller You may have noticed  I haven’t posted a blog in several weeks. (At least I hope you noticed.).  The reason is simple, … Continue reading

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