Definition of NOGWOG
nog’-wog n [no greatness without goodness] [L. nil magnum nisi bonum, nothing is great unless good]
1. no achievement can be considered great if detrimental to the common good
2. a leadership philosophy which seeks to maximize the benefit of all who are impacted by its decisions; ethical leadership; selfless leadership: it is about us not me.
3. a belief that it is possible and desirable seek to reconcile the disparate facets of our lives and embrace the best of all: e.g., achieve excellence, do rewarding work, make a difference and leave the world a better place; to be one person at home and the same person at work; combine good business and good citizenship; do well and do good.
In the gallery below are a few NOGWOGists of the billions past and present. All are different in almost every aspect: their passions, their positions, their power. Most are unfamiliar to us. I don’t know what motivated them. Maybe it was to do excellent work, to do something that had never been done or to respond to a need. However, I suspect they all saw themselves as responsible for playing a part in leaving this world a better place. I think this is viewpoint summarizes what a NOGWOGist is. Now the question is what we do about it?
We are each the sum of our experience, opportunities and decisions. Mine came together to launch a disability hiring initiative. We are each unique and the world’s needs are great and diverse. My work has exposed me to so many different people who are doing wonderful things across the spectrum. The common thread that connects us is not what we have done nor whether it is successful. It is that we are continually looking for the opportunity to act for good and it is our courage to make the attempt. That is the kind of people I want to hang with.
We are still works in progress—moving to a more complete perfection—but occasionally need to be reminded of the important, eternal values of life. We gain courage from others’ courage and others’ accomplishments inspire and renew us. That is what this site is about.