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Warren Bennis, An Icon Passes

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Last week, Warren Bennis, an icon and mentor, passed away from natural causes at the age of 89. I studied under Dr. Bennis at USC in the late 80's. I hadn't seen him for many years until 2008 where we reconnected at the story telling event held by movie executive, Peter Guber. We were sitting at a small round table with about five other people having lunch. Warren looked at me curiously and said, "we've met before haven't we?" I told Dr. Bennis that it had been close to 20 years, but he sat on my doctoral committee for the qualifying exams of my program. That's when he looked at me and said, "I wasn't very nice to you was I?" I was flabbergasted that he would ask me that question. Now the truth was that he was very, very tough on me. His critiscims were always professional and insightful, but I always remembered him as just plain tough!