One Page Papers

I enjoy the process of writing one-page papers. The subjects come from you or me, and I allow each word to suggest the next until the thought is developed and a paragraph is achieved.

Being a former storyteller, folksinger, leader of organizations, and student of the world, I still feel like creating. But now, I am a writer of my thoughts and those others suggest. So, feel free to do so.

An example is my recent paper about Beethoven’s 9th. I have loved the classics and opera as far back as I remember, and as I wrote, I owe this to my brother Pete. As an aside, in the fifties, when I picked up 8 to 10 kids at their homes and drove to Malibu Canyon, I would sing and tell the stories of the operas. Yes, and I sang the parts of both the men and the women. I know the kids enjoyed it because they often asked me to repeat my performance.

And life goes on… In the sixties at Camp Shasta, the kids, staff, and I made a deal. From the morning to after lunch, I played recordings of their music on the loudspeakers. In the afternoon, we’d play the classics. The give and take that was camp worked!

Today we live in a world where our camp’s philosophy could not work. Not because learning to live well with others and be responsible for oneself is old-fashioned, but because I believe the concept is too complex and removed from technology, which rules our world for most people today.

Again, I come back to the problem that is one of leadership. By that, I mean leadership that nurtures and seeks to grow those the leaders are responsible for. This has nothing to do with technology but everything to do with “dialogue.” In my world, dialogue is an equalizer.


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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