The Three “Majors”
As Dale Carnegie said, “Everyone likes to hear of struggle.” In these topics, Julian reflects on critical learning experiences and turning points in his life. While most people would choose to avoid these types of experiences since they are considered hardship or failure, Julian credits what he learned in these major life events as being the foundation of his later success.
- We somehow got through the Great Depression
- A Few Things Learned in World War II
- Bankruptcy and Foreclosure – the Beginning of a New and Better Life
How I inadvertently became a successful consultant
Julian barely graduated from high school, never went to college, and was fired from numerous jobs. Not only that, he failed in business and lost his house to foreclosure. Even more surprising, he wasn’t at all ambitious. He had no desire to “get ahead,” “make it,” or achieve what we call the American Dream. So why did he become so in demand and so successful as a consultant? And what were the cornerstones of his innovative work in the business world?
- A “Dumb” Truck Driver Reads the Socratic Dialogues by Plato
- Customer Service at Four Winds Nursery
- Bad at School But Good at Learning and Teaching
- The Early Days and First Big Break
- What in the World Are You?
All Too Common Problems (Dysfunction in Business – Part I)
Julian became very successful as a consultant and helped to transform and innovate a profession that was still in development during his time. Julian’s main strength as a consultant was his ability to identify and address problems on a basic level generally overlooked or ignored by most people. During many decades of working with businesses and organizations, Julian observed the same basic problems over and over again. Some of these recurring problems are so commonplace, their presence passes for normal.
- Can't Get Along with Others
- Managers Not Grounded in Reality
- No Concept of Priorities
- Can There Be Too Much Competition?
- Authority, Responsibility, and Accountability
- What Does the Overused Term “Teamwork” Really Mean?
- What is the Essence of Leadership?
Appearances Are Deceiving (Dysfunction in Business – Part II)
Part I covered obvious issues. In Part II, Julian digs deeper to explore more unusual terrain.
- Change (Real Change) Begins With Individuals
- Symptoms Versus Causes
- The Mystery of the Automobile Company Widget
- The Engineer Who Claimed, “There is no such thing as emotions”
- George and Georgette – the Importance of Balance between Masculine and Feminine
- Unhappy People and the Positions They Find Themselves In
- Does Hard Work Pay Off?
Reflections on Education
With extensive experience in life and business, Julian reflects on education. Does our educational system help people become the best they can be? In Julian’s mind, no.
- School Doesn’t Prepare You for Work or Life
- The Problem of Too Much Education
- Misguided Educators and Parents
- Lost in High School
Some Final Thoughts
Julian’s reflections and thoughts as he comes to the end of his long life become an opportunity to affirm what is important in life.
- Failure is Nothing to Fear
- The “American Dream” vs. True Wealth
- Happy People - What We Can Learn from Them
- Some Thoughts on Longevity and Sustainability