The Assault on Childhood

We are living in precarious times that rob our children of their childhood. Rather than free play and opportunities to deal with boredom on their own, parents fill those times with tutoring, coaching and lessons. Rather than connection and creativity, we are surrounded by disengaged souls bingeing on every possible activity or medium around us. There’s a lot to keep us interested but it hasn’t made us more interesting.

I Collect Mentors Everywhere I Go

A few years ago, Jay and Arlene, colleagues at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), were visiting Atlanta to scope out the city, conference center and surrounding hotels for an upcoming event. I’ve known Jay since my early career days. He has followed and supported my professional arc for over a decade. Arlene and […]

My Top 10 Tools or Pieces of Advice for Leaders

I recently spoke before a group of 35-40 undergraduate business majors at Emory’s Goziueta Business School. The class was “Leading and Managing Change,” and the professor, Richard Berlin, was kind enough to invite me to share my experience as a nonprofit leader and the pressures and challenges I face in running The Children’s School. Richard […]

Why “Day One”?

The concept is not mine; it belongs to Jeff Bezos. Day One does not mean rewarding just any kind of failure. Failure of basic responsibility – operational efficiency or core expertise – should not be rewarded. Day One doesn’t hold us back because of habits or tradition, just because “it’s always how we’ve done it.”