He had me open the series for both the fall and spring semesters, inviting me back for the coming school year.
I'll close with two thoughts that always brought balance. If it worked out, my reaction was, "Of course," enjoyed the win, mindlessly motored on.
It's very hard to do but worth the struggle; summoning confident humility is the key.
At times, this patience can sway you to a better truth or, more often than not, provide affirmation of stance. The latter doesn't rule out sound compromise or, at a minimum, civil disagreement.
Last summer, a friend asked if I would consider being a featured speaker for his "Visiting Executive Lecture Series" at William Paterson University's Cotsakos College of Business.
The pitch: "Jim, the students are primarily juniors and seniors, just starting to think about landing their first job and career path beyond.