Power for Benefit

I write of these two because they are similar in many ways, and, incidentally, as of this writing, they both live in Florida near Miami.

One was a dentist, and the other a chiropractor. Both were committed to their profession and were excellent practitioners. I worked with the dentist in New York and the chiropractor in Miami to help their staffs function as family team members and to eliminate any semblance of a hierarchy in their offices. 

The dentist was and remains a student of life and what it demands of us. This was equally true of the chiropractor. Both were superb students and never resisted where I took them relative to relationships and dialogue. Neither ever knowingly misused their power and, in fact, fought abusive power when it entered their personal lives. Perhaps they did not see themselves this way, but they would not tolerate those who used power to benefit themselves. I was a witness to this.

Both fed me so well that I still smile when I think of the wonderful food they set before us. The dentist made sure we all had the best of New York’s Deli lunches. The chiropractor made reservations well in advance so we could dine on Rock Crab, a true delicacy in Miami, or huge corned beef sandwiches at Miami’s best delis. 

Working with them and so many others like them was uplifting. Although power in a leader’s hands is too often misused and woefully misunderstood, many (certainly all I worked with) wanted their power to benefit their family, staff, and clients. They employed me to teach them how to elevate them all to the level of being “givers,” not “takers and users.”


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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