Going Forward

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?


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

One thought on “Going Forward”

  1. Hi Sy,
    Please keep writing, I look forward every day to your words of wisdom. I will be 86 in March, and I wish I could be half as sharp as you are . Love and best wishes to you both.
    Steve Mahoney.

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