More Than A Client

I was working with two professionals and their office staff, and one of them, over dinner, recommended me to his friend. The friend called the next day and immediately understood and accepted that I work with leaders who accept responsibility for their business environment and that they turn over their power to me during our workshops and participate as one of the staff.

We began to work together, and our relationship, beginning in the early eighties, continues to this day. We are as close as any two friends can be.  In fact, I feel like we are family. Not me as his parent, but as his older brother. I am honored by this friendship.

He is an outstanding pediatric dentist, and I began with his large staff, and he was my student. He invited me to stay at his home, and our relationship with him and his family grew quickly. And here’s the rub:  As he and I, his staff’s mentor became closer in our relationship, the more he became my teacher, guiding me to be a better teacher. Because of his interaction with me, I became a better teacher. I owe this and so much more to him. 

He may see me as a gift to him, his family, and the people that worked with him. I see him as a gift to me and my growth. How wonderful is that?  We both believe all humans are here on earth to speak with their own voice and to help others do the same. Sadly, it is not all that common.

True friendship is Rare—How lucky to have and know—I am that lucky

He, a dear friend—We both know how important—We value each other.


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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