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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

Flyfishing the North Fork of the Clearwater River, Idaho

Originally posted on John R Childress' Disruptive Business Insights:
The gods do not deduct from man’s allotted span the hours spent in fishing. ~Babylonian Proverb Once or twice a year I get out to visit my brother, Don, who lives…

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Corporate Culture as Karma

Karma is an ancient spiritual and religious concept that refers to the principle of cause and effect, where intent and actions (cause) influence the future (effect).  Good intent and good deeds contribute to good future outcomes, while bad intent and … Continue reading

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The Other Global Pandemic

As a biology major in college and an enthusiastic young beekeeper during my 4-H days in high school, I have been following for some years another growing global pandemic. Bee colonies are dying, unexplainedly, at an alarming rate around the … Continue reading

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Passion is the mother of innovation

Skills moves us forward, passion leaps us forward ! Today I am sitting in my garden office / “man cave” in self-isolation with my family here in London, which is a veritable ghost town. Fortunately we are all safe and … Continue reading

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A COVID-19 Travel Day – Homeward

While most of my friends, and the entire world it seems, are hunkered down in self-imposed quarantine and hoping the toilet paper doesn’t run out, I am on a “long way round” trip from the Estancia Laguna Verde fishing lodge … Continue reading

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80 km/hr winds and great fishing!

According to the meteorologists when the wind reaches 80 km/hr it rips the water up off the lake, which looks like mist rising but its actually water being torn from the surface and thrown up into the air. And that’s … Continue reading

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Tuesday and No Internet, But Great Fishing

Monday evening the Internet died and as of this evening, Tuesday, it is still missing in action. Which really hurts out here in the Patagonia steppe where there is no cell phone service and everyone relies on the Internet,which is … Continue reading

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