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7 Questions with John Edward Rosebush
Name: John Edward Rosebush
Current title: CEO
Current organisation: Worldwide Development Corporation
My name is John Rosebush. I am a father of two children and grandfather of five. I am the founder, CEO and President of the Worldwide Development Corporation. I have an extensive construction background which includes building 2 mobile home parks and assisting in the installation of a municipal sewer system. I am a veteran of the U.S. Army. I graduated from Ferris State University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in I.T. Services. I worked for Marathon Oil Company’s Corporate Office as a Lead Analyst until retirement in early 2006. Since 2006 I have worked exclusively on generating energy from river flow. The amount of experience I obtained working 15 years on an open fluid dynamics system makes me one of the leading experts in the world.
1. What have you found most challenging as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise?
There are two things I have found to be the most challenging things I have had to overcome. The first is the 12 years of painstaking relentless effort, disappointments, self funding, failures, successes, etc. developing an energy invention based on kinetic energy from water movement that can change the world. The second most challenging thing is attempting to introduce the new energy invention to the world in a way that benefits everybody and not just the few which I am still currently working on.
2. How did you become a CEO or executive of a large enterprise? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I retired at the age of 50 years old from a large International Oil Company due to health concerns. Once I retired I went to a beautiful resort area and began to relax and started thinking about what I was going to do with the rest of my life. Due to my vast knowledge in the oil business I knew it wouldn't be long before we would literally run out of oil at our current consumption rate. B.P. predicts we have 50 years remaining and even with better recovery methods, etc. it won't be very much longer. So I looked at all the options of powering the planet without consuming resources. River flow was the only 24/7 energy that was dense that we could capture. That became the focus for the next 15 years of my life.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
My work schedule has to be very flexible because of my responsibilities as a husband, father and grandfather which come first. Everyday my goal is to educate and bring together as many leaders, experts and general people around the world in an attempt to find a platform that brings this new energy invention to fruition that will change the world and create a sustainable healthy planet.
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
To never give up and believe in yourself above all else. Great things are not easy and take time to come to fruition.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
One particular book has not impacted me in a meaningful way. If I had to be honest, it was my father that had the most influence on my leadership skills. He was 42 years old when I was born and he instilled in me a work ethic that has driven me my whole life. He taught his children that work builds character and his example was himself. He owned a construction company and worked 12 hours a day everyday until the day he died.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in a large enterprise?
It's important to set an example by your actions. In my case it's easy because everything I do is for the benefit of future generations. Now all I have to do is convince the rest of the world that the Worldwide Development Corporation (WDC) ultimate goal is to change our priorities from a fossil fuel (limited resource), consumption, and throwaway society to an alternative energy, recyclable and sustainable society where humanity can theoretically survive forever.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a CEO or executive of a large enterprise so far?
How to develop a plan and execute it in secrecy on how to put together a World Class project to introduce and implement a new energy invention that has the capability to power the planet 15,000 times over without consuming resources for a fraction of the cost of any energy generated today theoretically forever. The project includes all the Engineering, 3D drawings and Prototype that is very professionally done. The quality and thoroughness of engineering completed on this project is second to none. In order to do this I had to buy computers and never hook them up to the internet. Hire multiple fabrication shops, use fake names and pay in cash to assemble the prototype. This whole exercise from financing your own research to completing the engineering necessary was an example in ingenuity.