When a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it… does it make a sound?
I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing it doesn’t. It takes eardrums to convert vibration into sound.
But what I do know for sure is this; the falling of Horton Hargrove a few weeks ago definitely made a sound that reverberated throughout the EE community.
I’m sure most of you know that Horton passed away on December 9th.
Horton and Linda Hargrove were the first consultants in New York. Not only did they open the New York market, they built a strong organization and EE presence there.
Maybe a writer who has a gift for words could fully convey who Horton was and what he was like.
But it’s hard for me. In my humble opinion, you had to actually know Horton to understand his significance as a human being and fellow traveler through the journey of life.
One always felt good around Horton. He was upbeat. He had a positive spirit. And, he had an infectious laugh.
Even though Horton was older than I was, it always felt like we were the same age. He had a youthful spirit… a youthful energy... and a perspective that was seasoned with wisdom and life experience.
He had a heart for black people and for black culture. Hence his passion for Ethnic Expressions and what it represented.
He was a leader, but more importantly, he was a unifying leader. One need only look at who resides in the White House to see the difference.
But the attribute that most impressed me is that he was an empowering leader. There wasn’t an ounce of ego, or bossiness, or the controlling nature you see in many leaders. Horton’s leadership captured perfectly the type of leadership described by Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher.