Who I was: A Kid growing up on the streets of Westside Chicago during the great depression, living with a family of eight in a small apartment. A fearless fighter determined that no one would bully my friends or me, step on me or deny me from being. The cauldron I grew up in shaped much of me.
In the military, a brief event on Okinawa showed me that I could do well as a student. I became an Educator, Child Psychologist, Entrepreneur, and lecturer specializing in Leadership, Power, and Dialogue. Over my career, I’m told I became more of myself from whom I was.
Who I am: In 2010, I retired from lecturing, workshops, and extended travel. Still, I knew I needed to continue to study, work and push barriers. So, I began to write a book (Leadership, Power & Consequences), and with the help of a knowledgeable friend, a short handbook on leadership (Navigating Leadership, Growth, And Change) and a Blog (sywords.com) of my one-page essays.
To this day, I continue to be a student and teacher. No question, I owe much of my growth to my loving Lenette and many of the remarkable people I worked with as a mentor, who, in turn, taught me so much. I gave all I had and was given back in kind.