Like Family

Sharing a dialogue with someone I have been close to for 70-plus years is always a wonderful experience. I’m lucky in that I have this opportunity with many. While agreement is the more common experience when having a dialogue, now and then, disagreement can also result, which is also a good thing. It’s worth remembering that “agreement” has little to do with the beauty of dialogue.

I had used “Genuine Dialogue” throughout my relationships with people, even before I understood its meaning to me and those I communicated with. When I accidentally discovered the label and its importance, I knew at that moment its significance.

As I have often said, Genuine Dialogue levels the playing field with whomever it takes place. It is the way for those in power to share their power by effectively communicating even when they disagree, which is of considerable importance.

I have this experience taking place now with someone I consider family. He was a child when he came to me in the fifties, and we remain family to this day. Also, I am proud of his achievements over the years. In any case, we hold different views. As I have made clear, I am a liberal and see the world as being in serious trouble. I also believe that one nation cannot solve the world’s problems. He believes all of this will pass as other problem times have. We disagree but continue caring for each other as family with love.


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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