Author Archives: johnrchildress

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

Rugby Values & Corporate Values

I grew up in the US in the 60s and the dominant sport in my hometown, like many other parts of the country, was football. So when I moved to the UK it was difficult to stay awake late at … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The Evolution of Corporate Culture & Culture 4.0

“I know corporate culture impacts business performance; but I don’t have a clear understanding of how to manage culture to ensure we achieve the business results we have planned and promised.” ~ a frustrated CEO Corporate Culture is one of … Continue reading

Posted in consulting, corporate culture, John R Childress, leadership, strategy execution, the business of business, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment