Doing these Point of View editorials can be both enlightening and humbling.
Case in point: two recent commentaries criticizing the leadership of the Muhammad Ali Center for poor public relations efforts.
The Center's Executive Director, Michael Fox, could have just ignored me. But instead, he called to invite me over to discuss the subject and get a first-hand look at the facility.
I accepted the invitation, and it was an eye-opener.
Now, Mr. Fox didn't dispute the facts I had cited. As a matter of fact, he agreed with a couple of my criticisms.
But he did point out a couple of cases in which his comments were taken out of context. And he made it clear that any PR stumbles that did occur only slipped through the cracks because his attention was focused on making sure the facility itself fulfilled its ambitious promise.
And let me tell you, it has. The Ali Center is a true jewel.
Turning a pure idea into concrete reality that not only fulfills but exceeds the original vision takes a special kind of person. And while a few bumps in the road are inevitable, after sitting with Michael Fox face to face, it's now clear to me that despite my earlier concerns, he's the right man for the job.
So please - visit the Ali Center and see for yourself.
And if you happen to run into Mr. Fox, tell him I sent you.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.