Our Wishes

I have been advised that I need to share our thoughts on when we finally depart. I understand it is important to some, and I have always responded to the call when asked. I’ll attempt to state our wishes.

After Lenette and I are both gone, we want our ashes to be mixed. People have often said, “We are one,” which is how we see ourselves. Hence, the mixing of our ashes is appropriate. After this is done, I have asked Ian and Merry to take them to Yosemite and place our ashes on a boulder up at Glacier Point so that the winds can spread us around the Sierras. As our guests, we also want them to have a weekend at the Ahwahnee Hotel.  The weekend, all meals and drinks are on us. We also want to take the following people to the best dinner in Town: Mark and Carol, Will and Linda, Ian and Merry, Pete and Dennis, Doug and Gloria, Stacy and Ronnie. Go for the best wine, food, and desserts. This time, we pay the bill.

As for any celebration or memorial of our lives and work, we remain neutral. We do not feel this is necessary, but if people choose to do otherwise, we are fine with whatever.

Life has given us a ride, often wild and out of control and, without question, serendipitous. We are not religious but have had numerous “spiritual” moments, including extended periods of the unexplainable and even the “weird.” We have climbed mountains, crossed wild rivers, struck out, and hit home runs. We know failure, and we know success. We have worked with some of the finest people: The young, entrepreneurs, professionals, powerful and destructive leaders, powerful and remarkable “leaders of leaders,” Queens, and worker bees. It was a great ride, and it will continue as long as we are here.


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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