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Remembering Lee

People stand out in your memory for many reasons, but primarily because of the impact they have had in your life. When that influence changes you in positive ways, they’ll remain forever in your heart. Lee Wagner was one of those people, and tomorrow I will attend a dedication of a library in his honor.

Lee was the Director of Training and Organizational Development and my boss for several years before he passed away in 2006. Yet for all the time I knew him, he was also a friend. He was a genuine human being with depth of character and a warm and caring personality. In addition, he had a wonderful sense of humor and often recounted humorous anecdotes from his personal experience to illustrate and make his points.

Lee was extremely intelligent, and he coupled that with wisdom. Many sought his counsel. One of his strengths shone through in the way he viewed people. He listened, really listened. Lee had an uncanny sense that allowed him to see you through the eyes of your potential, and he backed it up by helping you to achieve it. He understood the connection between professional and personal and took a genuine interest in all who crossed his path. He was never superficial.

He loved his family deeply. It showed in his eyes and the many stories he recounted about their lives.  His concern for their welfare was so evident, especially in his last days. They were the pride of his life.

One of the things he taught me was to look at problems carefully. Don’t look for superficial reasons that initiated the situation, but dig deeper to find the root cause. Deal with that and you have a real solution. Once the status has changed for the positive, look back to see what lessons you have learned so that you can clarify what went well and what you don’t want to repeat in the future.

Lee made a difference with his life, and I along with a host of others miss him.

Would you use it?

 

Can you remember the days of typing letters, proposals, and forms on a typewriter? Instead of making photocopies, you used carbon paper and onion skin. If you made a mistake, it was a very big deal because not only did the original have to be corrected so well that you could not detect the error, but also  you had to correct each of the copies with the same level of skill. If you could spot the blunder, you had to begin all over. I must say people did learn to type quickly and accurately in order to prevent mistakes. But I digress.

Let’s jump forward to today’s technology when a mistake in a document is no big deal unless you don’t catch an error before you send it. Just delete or undo and only the computer (and possibly your local IT folks) know about it, and they don’t care. Today, if you want to make changes to the default settings, you have only to hit the reset button. You can change it up or reinvent the document with a push of the proverbial button.

That brings me to today’s question. What if you had a button that could reset you? Would you use it? If you could push this button and reinvent yourself into the person you were intended to be – not just one of the beautiful people – would you use it?

Unfortunately, the process is not as fast as today’s technology, but it works just the same. It requires courage and stamina to reinvent yourself because there’s risk involved. You may fall flat on your face, but if you’re not afraid to get up and start again, you’ve got what it takes to reach your potential. You may face disappointments along the way as well. Those you think will understand and support you can sometimes become your biggest critics. (Don’t hold it against them. They don’t understand what’s at stake.) The road isn’t easy, but few things that are worthwhile are.

So if you had such a button, a reset-me button, that would enable you to follow your dream to write, invent, paint, draw, become a missionary or world traveler, would you use it?