Change Begins Within

When I was a superintendent, I would call my husband at the end of a busy workday and say to him, “Hi hon. I’ve gotta go visit Mom (who was in a nursing home)”.  [big sigh… ]  “I’ll see you at 7:30.” I wanted Mom to be better. I wanted her to be strong and independent again. I did not …

Students Never Forget How You Make Them Feel

In our upcoming book entitled Releasing Leadership Brilliance: Breaking Sound Barriers in Education, my co-author tells about his cousin, Maia Stephens, who is a second grade teacher in a school in Northwest Detroit.  It is a Title I school in a high poverty area and 95% black.   Maia has been successfully teaching there for 18 years.  She is a National …

The First Step to Creating Your Own Tomorrow

When facing a problem, you have two choices: follow the same steps others took before you or utilize your natural brilliance to come up with a new approach. If you choose the first option, you willingly agree to lock away your brilliance until life throws more challenges to break you down. On the other hand, by taking a different path, …