Category Archives: John R Childress

Backward Planning: The Second Important Life Skill

You are young at any age if you are planning for tomorrow. In my previous post I introduced the importance of habits and life skills that should be learned at an early age. And believe me, learning good habits is … Continue reading

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Two Life Skills Every Young Person Should Learn

Life skills, like values, are best learned at an early age.  In today’s stipped-down, minimalistic educational system, values and life skills are not taught, let alone reinforced, so as parents, it is our duty to prepare our children for success … Continue reading

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Foxhole Buddies . . .

“A friend is one who walks in when others walk out” -Walter Winchell Not too long ago I watched the HBO TV miniseries, The Pacific, produced by Tom Hanks.  This is a companion piece to the widely acclaimed Band of Brothers. Both … Continue reading

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Corporate Culture is visible if you know what to look for . . .

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. -Steve Jobs Not too long ago a friend of mine asked how to tell a reputable plumber or tradesman from the “cowboy” fixit men … Continue reading

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SCUBA Diving and Leadership Effectiveness

The Aqualung, better known as Self-Contained-Underwater-Breathing-Apparatus (SCUBA), was developed in 1943 by an engineer Émile Gagnan, and a young Naval Lieutenant, Jacques Cousteau. It consisted of a compressed air tank, two hoses, and a mouthpiece that regulated the air pressure as you … Continue reading

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Building Your Corporate Culture: One Critical Practice

One of the most overlooked drivers of corporate culture is employee selection.  Think about it.  What if you could identify and hire individuals who fit not only the job requirements, but also the culture requirements?  In other words, people who … Continue reading

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The 1 Leadership Failure: The Nose Knows . . .

A while ago I attended a panel discussion at London Business School hosted by the UK Turnaround Management Association.  On the panel were experts from the various professions brought in to deal with distressed companies – legal, operational, financial, advisory, banking … Continue reading

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