Extraordinary People

Extraordinary People

Bill Fox
We need to address ourselves to creating a world of extraordinary people who look beyond what they were programmed to become.
ā€” Wayne Dyer

Extraordinary people

This past week, I learned that Norman Bodek, author, coach, and owner at PCS Press, passed away. Norman was a bigger-than-life mentor, coach, and friend to me.

I first met Norman Bodek in 1992 when he was the owner of Productivity Inc. and Productivity Press, where our shared interests in workplace productivity brought us together. Norman's mission was to teach managers how to teach their employees how to be successful in life.

Norman's impact and accomplishments were many. He played a prime role in introducing Lean concepts and practices to the Western world, which earned him the nickname of The Godfather of Lean. He was a co-creator of the Shingo Prize and is a Shingo Prize winner himself.

He wrote hundreds of articles, and when he owned Productivity Press, he published 100 Japanese management books in English, over 250 published books on productivity and quality, and has written nine books, including his How to Do Kaizen, The Harada Method, and A Miraculous Life. He recently wrote Leader's guide for social responsibility and just this week published CEO Coaching by Kazuyoshi Hisano.

Norman was also the author of the Foreward to my book The Future of the Workplace. My interview with Norman, Discover the Spirit of Self-Reliance, is also in the book.

Norman was a subscriber to my email newsletter. On countless occasions, he would reply and share his insights and perspective on what I had written. Then he'd invite me to a Zoom session to talk more about it.

Once he'd had his say, he'd seamlessly slip into a coaching session that would leave me speechless for the gift of his wisdom and generosity.

Norman was an extraordinary human being. It was just this past Monday when I discovered this quote from Wayne Dyer that moved me to create the image for this chapter.

We need to address ourselves to creating a world of extraordinary people who look beyond what they were programmed to become.

We need more Norman Bodek's

Norman was an extraordinary human being who dedicated his life to finding and helping others be extraordinary.

May we all be moved by his great example to follow his lead.

Well done, and Rest In Peace, Norman Bodek.

ā€” Bill