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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

The Business Reason Culture Comes Last, Not First

As one of the first researchers and consultants on culture, beginning in 1978, I fully understand how important culture is to customer satisfaction, employee engagement, cyber security and overall business performance. (see Culture Rules) Yes, culture matters; big time! It is … Continue reading

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Cyber Security, the CISO and the Board: A Critical Partnership

Alliances and partnerships produce stability when they reflect realities and interests. ~ Stephen Kinzer The old expression of “walk a mile in my shoes” is a fitting analogy for building a cyber safe organization. While there is no 100% guarantee … Continue reading

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Cyber Security and Apollo 13: “Houston, we’ve had a problem!”

“It’s like flying with a dead elephant on our back.” ~ James Lovell, Apollo 13 Astronauts are a highly select group of engineers, scientists and pilots, and also some of the most rigorously trained of all professionals.  For months and … Continue reading

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Boards Take Note: Culture Oversight Should Be More Than Employee Engagement Metrics

“No organization, small or large, can sustain success in the long run without energized employees who believe in the mission and understand how to achieve it. Sustainable success and reputation starts and ends with the Board!” There are two kinds … Continue reading

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The CISO as Enterprise Integrator

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”  ~Aristotle Even in the 4th Century BC, it was understood that functions within an organization working  together for a common goal produced better results than working independently. Somewhere between Aristotle … Continue reading

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Cyber Security, Traffic Lights and Roundabouts

Warren Buffett famously remarked: “Risk is not knowing what you are doing.” Simple yet profound. Many a time I have fallen victim to an overinflated sense of my own abilities and suffered the consequences, sometimes to my own ego and sometimes to … Continue reading

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Cyber Security Culture: The Missing Link

An effective business strategy is comprised of a series of core elements. Competitor analysis, product-market fit, and organizational capabilities are critical components. They are key links in the chain that enables successful delivery of the business strategy. Likewise, effective cyber … Continue reading

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