An H. Stephen Glenn Remembrance
By Bruce Colston

Steve & Judy

H. Stephen Glenn

Teacher, mentor, author, speaker, friend...the list is seemingly endless with all the things that Steve was to me and to many others. For his family, add father and husband. To the world at large, add humanitarian. Steve gave so much from the heart to all of us; he was generous to a fault. But then again, he had a wealth of gifts to share. Memories—there are so many. Sailing on Heeling Spirit, sitting in the hot tub, sharing jokes and stories (some of them true!), conducting DCYP trainings, rushing to airports, sipping Dickel, and I will never forget him holding and comforting me after my wife died. These are a few of the many memories of Steve that will be with me forever. The world is a better place and I am a better person because Steve Glenn was here. I will always miss him.

Steve had a remarkable career. One of the things that make his major works, Developing Capable People and Developing Capable Young People, so unique is that they are applicable in many venues. The principles are universal in all human relationships. Steve was always way ahead of the curve. He started out in the field of chemical dependency and his early work primarily applied to youth development and parenting. Then as the DCYP program grew, people from the self-sufficiency movement and business and industry began to see its merits too. By the mid 1990s, Peter Senge in The Fifth Discipline stressed the importance of family/workplace inter-relationships. Others were calling for the need to develop capable people in the workplace. One of the projects that Steve was working on at the time of his death was "Lawyers Helping Lawyers." This group gave him three standing ovations in what proved to be his final public speaking engagement. That didn't surprise me. Steve loved public speaking and he was great at it. He was seldom happier than when he was before an audience. Steve could move listeners from laughter to tears with his stories. Anyone who heard Steve, in person or on his tapes, could see and hear his passion for his work and how much he cared about helping to enrich the lives of others. Let all who knew Steve honor his memory and life's work through living and working the principles of Developing Capable People.