I will continue to write about people who either had their own voice when we first met or soon brought it forth, loud and clear. Again, in my mind, they stood out above the crowd and probably always did. Still, the mountain we had to climb together was to help their key people find their voice, at least in the workplace.
In the selection process of the people I will write about, I handicapped myself when I disposed of boxes of files detailing every group and organization I worked with. Not only that, but I also threw away boxes of notes from my research on power and leadership. When we moved to the Senior Complex we happily live in, we emptied our home of everything, including over a thousand books. Many charities in Reno benefited. At the time, I never thought I might write books about my work and the people I worked with.
My memory is excellent, which is why I can write about a select few but not so good that I remember them all. I am sorry about this because if we worked together, we would come to know each other, more often than not, as friends. The work was usually that deep and personal.
Example: We worked together in the late 70s. He was a former scientist that worked on the nuclear bomb. His voice, loud and clear, spoke out against what he saw happening, and he ended up quitting, returning to school, and becoming a dentist. Obviously bright, he loved the picture of us (together) re-shaping the traditional pyramid in work environments and flattening it as much as possible. Bear in mind, at this time, I spent hour upon hour researching and learning about power and leadership. And about myself as a leader.
Serendipity—How some of us are formed—If present to it?