Arguments with Mrs. Collins

When I think of visionary educators, I think of Lucy Craft Laney and Marva Collins.  Both women started their own schools in predominately African-American communities.  Laney opened her school in 1883 in Augusta, Georgia while Collins founded Westside Preparatory School during the same year I was born – 1975. A solid elementary foundation was atContinue reading “Arguments with Mrs. Collins”

The Art of No

Principle 28:  Learn to gracefully say no so that you can say yes when it matters the most.  Prioritize and don’t overcommit…just say  no. Harvard Business Review published an article in 2013 entitled “Nine Practices to Help You Say No”.  One of the best phrases in the article was “know your no”.  Know what thingsContinue reading “The Art of No”

The Elephant in the Room

Principle #28:  Confront the elephant in the room and get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Soundscape:  Wake Up by John Legend and the Roots There is an elephant in the room and it needs to be acknowledged.  We tend to ignore things that make us uncomfortable.  There are conversations with friends, family, and coworkers that needContinue reading “The Elephant in the Room”

The Notion of Genius

Principle 24:  Discover your inner genius and create opportunities for those around you to discover and unleash their own unique form of genius.  Move beyond the archaic ideas about what genius looks like in the 21st century. Soundscape: Desire by Pharoah Monch The word ‘genius’ originated in ancient Rome and initially was applied to allContinue reading “The Notion of Genius”