The One Who Led

He is one of the gentle types but also a growth-oriented professional who sought the best for himself and his office staff. He quickly became one of the staff during our workshops and, incidentally, was a joy to spend free time with.  He also had a wonderful sense of humor. What I discovered about him was his courage, as it takes courage to be with one’s own voice, and he wanted this for all those who worked for and with him.

I mentioned in a previous essay the special daylong workshops where only eight professionals who were close to each other and knew much about each other came together. Our purpose for the session was to assist each participant in confronting and dealing with portions of their histories they were unable to get rid of or at least be able to shelve. I thought that their relationships would help, not hinder, this brief but difficult journey into their pasts.

I laid out the parameters for the session, and we began with each of us, including myself, briefly writing about those issues. Without my prompting, the one I write about stood up and began his story. In minutes he began to cry, and each one of us with him. He told a poignant story. A genuine dialogue took place, and it was clear that the experiences he suffered were not unique.

At the close of the day, it was as if each of us had lost lots of extra pounds. It was a cathartic experience and a remarkable one not to be forgotten. I did the necessary research and preparation, but he led the way to make it happen. It is always a human endeavor. 

Events will happen—Am innocent yet suffer—This is our own life

Want to be the best?—Be a student, be the best—You are able


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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