Leslie Ungar

THE INNER BRILLIANCE THAT IS LESLIE G. UNGAR
President of Electric Impulse Communications, Inc.
Akron, Ohio

There is a saying that when you host company in your home, be nice until the very last minute they are your guests. If you are nice until the last ten minutes, and then have “words”, the “words” will be remembered and the good time prior to those last minutes will be forgotten.

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The Rocky franchise first came into our lives in 1976. Detroit and Motown both were still churning out hits. Rocky gave the world this quote that remains as true today for business as when these words were mumbled by the prizefighter 37 years ago. “It's about how hard you get hit . .  . How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done.” 

Yet many elements of leadership in the 21st century have changed. An effective leader needs to identify which qualities have stayed the same and which qualities have evolved. Leadership is very different in some core ways than it was just a few years ago.

NE Ohio thought this day would never come. If you listened to sports radio, former players and talking heads also thought this day would never come . . .  the return of LeBron “The King” James to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As in the Odyssey, I thought LeBron would return someday to the Cavs. In the Greek epic, Odysseus' struggled for 10 years to return home after the Trojan War. I don’t know how it felt to LeBron, but for much of NE Ohio LeBron’s exit felt like more than 10 years.

Johnny Manziel, the 22nd pick in this year’s draft, went where no college player has gone before. Not in 78 years. The NFL draft started in 1936.  Let’s do the Math. Well, math is not really my thing so let’s do the estimating thing. Roughly 12,000 football players have played in the NFL. And no one went where Johnny Football dared to go. 

There is a difference between first place and the rest of the field.

After the Cleveland Browns drafted Johnny Football, Johnny Manziel, the owner made a lot of noise about Johnny having to earn his way to the top spot. Good try, but it doesn’t really work like that. Cream rises to the top. And not only does cream rise, it separates from the milk. This is part of the homogenization process of milk, and it doesn’t change in the process of leaders.

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