He was a hero in the Coral Sea battle. On a destroyer, his captain froze in the heat of the sea battle, and he, a Junior Officer, took command. I enjoyed working with him because he eagerly turned himself and his inner circle into my students. He allowed me to mentor him and his key people. He clearly understood power and leadership and shared this readily with his staff.
After years of being his own man and a true leader, he had no trouble becoming a team member, so the pyramid that existed in his organization when we first met flattened out. We worked well together, and he and I formed a lasting friendship. His company grew, purchasing a larger building to handle its growth better.
He owned a cabin cruiser, and we spent time on that as well as in his plant. He was always an officer, a gentleman, and a committed participant. And since our dialogue was genuine, we learned much about each other. He understood the value of dialogue compared to monologue or conversation from fixed positions. His firm went from a traditional hierarchy to a flat playing field, increasing efficiency and profits.
When he passed away, I lost a friend and client. Afterward, his company was sold, closing the book on a wonderful human but not my memories.
Life throws much at us—We are made by those events—And family, too
Born to live, be me—Life’s events make me more me—Events dictate who