The East Coast Guy

He is an East Coast guy, an outstanding professional, a lover of the arts and classical music, and just a remarkable person. He was and is a student of so many things. Working with him and his staff was always a pleasure for me. And because he insisted that I stay at his home, I had the privilege of knowing his wonderful wife beyond her being the office manager. With the two of them and their children, it was always fun for me.

 In the years we worked together, he was and remains an eager and excellent student and open to any suggestions I might make. The meetings between us were dialogic from the very beginning. He was also the youngest professional I worked with, and a rare one in that he never feared where we were going in our workshops.   

I remember an exceptional workshop with a select group of dentists from New Jersey. This was only open to the invited. All of them knew each other well, which was important because of what we would do in this day-long workshop. The one I write about here was the youngest, but I thought he belonged, and he did. In fact, his beginning as a dentist was with one of the older men in the group of only 8.I write about him for several reasons. As the student, he wanted more of whatever it took to be the best. Also, without question, he had and expressed his own voice. No voiceless mouse was he! Nor were his wife and his children. All were free spirits.  But he was also handicapped. One of his legs was useless, so he used it as a cane. He made such light of his unusable leg that his handicap was quickly forgotten. What a joy to work with and to know as a friend.  


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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