John McClenahen

Former Senior Editor, IndustryWeek

 John S. McClenahen, is an occasional essayist on the Web site of IndustryWeek, the executive management publication from which he retired in 2006. He began his journalism career as a broadcast journalist at Westinghouse Broadcasting’s KYW in Cleveland, Ohio. In May 1967, he joined Penton Media Inc. in Cleveland and in September 1967 was transferred to Washington, DC, the base from which for nearly 40 years he wrote primarily about national and international economics and politics, and corporate social responsibility.
      McClenahen, a native of Ohio now residing in Maryland, is an award-winning writer and photographer. He is the author of three books of poetry, most recently An Unexpected Poet (2013), and several books of photographs, including Black, White, and Shades of Grey (2014). He also is the author of a children’s book, Henry at His Beach (2014).
      His photograph “Provincetown: Fog Rising 2004” was selected for the Smithsonian Institution’s 2011 juried exhibition Artists at Work and displayed in the S. Dillon Ripley Center at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., from June until October 2011. Five of his photographs are in the collection of St. Lawrence University and displayed on campus in Canton, New York.
      John McClenahen’s essay “Incorporating America: Whitman in Context” was designated one of the five best works published in The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies during the twelve-year editorship of R. Barry Leavis of Rollins College. John McClenahen’s several journalism prizes include the coveted Jesse H. Neal Award. He also is the author of the commemorative poem “Upon 50 Years,” celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Wolfson College Cambridge, and appearing in “The Wolfson Review.”
      John McClenahen received a B.A. (English with a minor in government) from St. Lawrence University, an M.A., (English) from Western Reserve University, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University, where he also pursued doctoral studies. At St. Lawrence University, he was elected to academic honor societies in English and government and to Omicron Delta Kappa, the University’s highest undergraduate honor. John McClenahen was a participant in the 32nd Annual Wharton Seminars for Journalists at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. During the Easter Term of the 1986 academic year, John McClenahen was the first American to hold a prestigious Press Fellowship at Wolfson College, Cambridge, in the United Kingdom.
      John McClenahen has served on the Editorial Board of Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies and was co-founder and first editor of Liberal Studies at Georgetown. He has been a volunteer researcher on the William Steinway Diary Project at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and has been an assistant professorial lecturer at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


A Leadership Master Class from a Maestro
Three Principles of Leadership Excellence.
Will Congress Make 2015 A Happy New Year for Manufacturers?
In spite -- or because of -- their differences of opinion, American business leaders must participate in public-policy conversations.
War and Business
In War, Is Business Just Business?
Do corporate executives have a responsibility to take moral sides in the conflicts in Eastern Europe, in the Middle East, and in Africa?
John S. McClenahen retired from IndustryWeek in 2006.
Education in Manufacturing: It's About Thinking and Skill 1
Education is not—nor should it be—simply the acquisition of specific skills and techniques, contends former IW senior editor John McClenahen.
John S. McClenahen retired from IndustryWeek in 2006.
Don't Keep Your Eyes on the Prize 1
North America’s best manufacturing facilities—the production plants that year-in and year-out garner awards for excellence—focus on their presents and futures.
John S. McClenahen retired from IndustryWeek in 2006.
If Not Now, When? If Not By Us, Then By Whom?
The State of the Union topics that were treated with immediate indifference have an urgency that should summon America’s best efforts.
John S. McClenahen retired from IndustryWeek in 2006
Stop Drowning in Too Much Information
The cruel reality of how to make sense of TMI.
John S. McClenahen retired from IndustryWeek in 2006
The Virtues of an Unplanned Retirement
Before retiring, consider this.
John S. McClenahen
When Mr. Jones Went to Washington
Who are the business statesmen and stateswomen of today, and what are the criteria for judging the statesmanship of today’s manufacturing managers?
John S. McClenahen, former editor of IndustryWeek
No Virtual English, Please
Buzzwords, jargon and bad grammar, oh my!
John S. McClenahen retired from IndustryWeek in 2006.
The Myth of Profit or Loss
  Is investment in R&D. An asset? Or a liability? Trick question--it's not an either/or answer.


John S. McClenahen retired from IndustryWeek in 2006.
The Recession's Empowerment Lesson
Data from the IW Best Plants winners demonstrates the value of engaged employees.
John S. McClenahen retired from IndustryWeek in 2006.
The First Question
Only by periodically asking -- and answering -- with authority the first question does there exist a rational basis for why your company should continue to operate.
A Quieter Car
With the election over months of contentious political debate will cease, and civility will return, not only to the Capital City, but to the rest of the country as well. Probably not.
John S. McClenahen, former IndustryWeek editor.
Fear the Turtle
Why a symbol of continuous improvement proves so important.
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