How I See Things

When I write, I start like I’m doing now and allow my thoughts to dictate what comes next. While I have a sense of what I want to write about, what follows is what follows. For this paper, I think (now) that it will be about our present times and what little I know about them. Regardless, I know what I feel and think, which is how I express myself. What follows is in no way designed to agree with or please anybody. It’s just me freely winging it.

I feel our society is in trouble. Things have changed, but not for the better. Technology is one major issue, but I do not believe it is entirely at fault, although I see it as a contributing factor. Clearly, the media, television in general, and other “toys” today have contributed to what I feel is a breakdown in society.

We are becoming isolated even as we continue to live together. Even though we see and talk to each other, it’s not enough. As I emphasize in almost every paper I write, talk is not necessarily dialogue because authentic dialogue creates and takes place on a level playing field.

By “a level playing field,” I mean that power must be shared or deliberately set aside for that to occur. We must be equal if we are to have Genuine Dialogue. As a child or subordinate, feeling this equality contributes to our growth and sense of belonging in and to our immediate society, whether family, school, friends, or coworkers.

But true dialogue is rare and may be disappearing. The factors I spoke of are the reason why this is so. When participating in Genuine Dialogue, things and toys must be set aside. We need to be with each other authentically. We need to look at each other and be in the same moment. Only then can we accomplish what I believe I did as a teacher, a leader, and an entrepreneur. Many told me that “I was there for them.” I sincerely hope so.

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

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