What Motivated Us

I studied hard to understand power and leadership to be the best teacher I could be. Looking back, I admit to my ignorance of who I was and what I did as a leader of others. I had no idea what being a “role model” meant or that I was one. If ignorance is bliss, I lived in bliss, never thinking about my power to influence. I did what I believed had to be done and never looked for feedback about who I was or what I did. I admit that I saw my staff as “the problem.”

I’ve written many essays on this subject and have faith in the correctness of my observations. Accordingly, most so-called “Leaders” are not leaders but excellent employees that play at being a leader. Leaders create businesses, hire and train employees and grow their organizations. I, with Lenette, achieved this. 

None of what we created was motivated by making money. Money was important so we could build, pay and care for ourselves, but it was never a motivator, only a necessity, and never primary. Our main concern was always on the people we elevated to leadership positions. They were vital to us and our philosophy, and they were the best possible leaders they were capable of being.

When I have written about the “inner circle,” I write from experience. We had many “inner circles” over the years that functioned at as high a level as any true leader could hope for.


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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