Skip to main content

William Greiner's Ten Life Lessons

As a follow up to my last post, I wanted to highlight a portion of a tribute delivered at William Greiner's memorial service. Judith E. Albino, one of the speakers and a President Emerita and Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health, gave a heartfelt and memorable speech in which she recalled ten life lessons she learned from William Greiner. I've reproduced her list below:
  1. Do the right thing, and if you do, you won’t need lawyers – at least not often.
  2. There are few real obstacles to reaching our goals, only different, sometimes circuitous – but often, far more interesting – routes for getting there.
  3. Ambiguity is good – it means that everything is still possible.
  4. Words are powerful – know what they mean; use them well, and use them precisely.
  5. The influence of history is real and undeniable; in other words, context is critical in every decision.
  6. There’s always another way to look at a problem, and the best solutions require multiple perspectives.
  7. People do the best they can – acknowledge that, and give them credit.
  8. The most important title you’ll ever have in a University is Professor – and Bill, of course, was the consummate professor.
  9. Buffalo, New York, is just about the greatest place on earth, and the University at Buffalo definitely is the greatest academic institution on earth.
  10. Finally, it is important to be fair, and to respect, love, and take care of your family, your friends and your colleagues (even if those colleagues are not always your friends), as well as your university and your community – and of course, your dog.
Note: The above list was part of a larger speech delivered by Professor Judith E. Albino and was delivered during the William Greiner tribute on February 2, 2010. It's likely that UB will be posting her speech in its entirety, along with all the other tributes, soon. When that happens, I'll link to her speech in its entirety.


Popular posts from this blog

The Business Model Innovation Factory by Saul Kaplan (Book Review)

As a culture, we strive for personal transformation. Whether it's eating better and getting fit, redefining our professional value proposition through training and education, or simply trying to be kinder and gentler, we're constantly reinventing who we are and what we can do. We may not be successful all the time, or achieve breakthroughs like those featured on The Biggest Loser or facilitated by Tony Robbins , but millions of people successfully transform and reinvent themselves every year. Unfortunately, the very organizations where we work generally do not do the same. As Saul Kaplan elaborates in The Business Model Innovation Factory , most organizations struggle to transform from their core, initial business models and tend to become stagnant and vulnerable to disruptive competitors. The example Kaplan leads with is Blockbuster, which for a time owned the brick and mortar video and DVD rental space, until they were "netflixed" by a disruptive competitor (

2014 IBM Digital Experience Conference

In July, I will be presenting at the 2014 IBM Digital Experience Conference, an event focused on the latest technologies, best practices, and the business benefits of delivering great digital experiences. Below is the description for my session: Session:  BUS-S20 Date/Time:   Monday, July 21, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Successfully Enabling Enterprise Content Management, Cloud, Mobile, and Social Business at Superior Group Superior Group focuses on the agile delivery of people, process and project outsourcing solutions. Our session will detail how this organization accelerated its content management and social business needs by implementing a combination of content management, cloud, mobile, and collaboration solutions. Attend this session and you will have an opportunity to learn from Frank Gullo, Director of Digital and Mobile Strategy at Superior Group and IBM Social Business Insights blog contributor, on how a mid-sized organization transformed its digital capabilities a

10 Suggestions for Reopening Gyms in NY State

It’s been over 90 days since gyms were closed in NY State to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and this past week Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the issue with the following update: "We are still looking at the science and the data. There has been information that those situations have created issues in other states. If we have that information we don't want to then go ahead till we know what we're doing. Right? This is a road that no one has traveled on before. And logic suggests that if you see a problem in other states then you explore it before you move forward in your state." Cuomo also suggested the exercisers in gyms would likely not wear masks which could spread more of the virus. While we all can applaud anchoring policy to science and data, it’s questionable if this has been done here. Despite literally months to research and formulate a plan, NYS has not offered any definitive science backed information tied to re-opening gyms. More troubling, NY has