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3 Reasons To NOT arm schools

January 3, 2013

Like all of you, I was horrified by the shooting last month in Newtown, CN. My four year old son does his pre-school at a local elementary school, and I’m asking the same question that all parents are asking: How do we keep our children safe? Today, in my local paper, I read that some […]

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Leadership Magic

December 1, 2012

Several years ago, I was speaking at a conference when an audience member stopped me and said, “You are making all this leadership stuff sound like magic.” I was taken back, and during an awkward moment, tried to figure out a way to defuse the critique; to distinguish what I was talking about as real, […]

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Is the Pendulum Swinging Back?

October 4, 2012

Accountability has defined the last decade of K-12 education in the U.S., with No Child Left Behind and the ascendance of standardized testing. Is the pendulum finally swinging back in the direction of holistic student education? Every week, it seems, a new bestselling book or a major article discuss the role of non-cognitive success factors […]

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What Phase Are You Consuming Right Now?

September 7, 2012

When we hear the word consumption, we often think of the goods that we purchase, whether they be electronic gadgets, cloth, or food. Another way to think about consumption, however, is in relation to the “phase of life.” For example, when I wake up in the morning, I “consume” a phase of life I will […]

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Third Graders on Google Docs

August 30, 2012

I was speaking at the White Bear Lake, MN District Convocation earlier this week and had the good fortune of speaking to their teacher of the year. She told me how her third graders open up their own Google Docs, share them with her, and get going typing. I was pretty impressed since Mawi Learning […]

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10 Tips on College Admissions

August 8, 2012

Here are 10 tips on college admission. Last year I advised two students – one is at Harvard right now, the other is at MIT. I interviewed students for Harvard for 7 years, and I’ve helped students get into every type of college. College Admissions is a sales process. You are not applying. Your representative […]

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Mawi Learning Launches New Leadership Class with Florida Virtual School

July 25, 2012

I’ve always wanted to do something special for our youth on a state or national level – something that would give every kid the tools to create a life of opportunity and contribution.  I am excited, then, to share with you a new leadership class Mawi Learning has created with Florida Virtual School, North America’s […]

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Just one mile away…?

July 22, 2012

Most people here in Chicago have been to Lake Michigan. I went yesterday with my family and enjoyed the 63rd Street Beach. As I was swimming with my 2 and 3 year old kids, and my wife, I reflected on all the children who live just a mile away from the lake but have never […]

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5000 Times More Effective?

July 17, 2012

Dr. Stephen Covey, author of the bestselling book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, passed away yesterday. Dr. Covey was a living legend in the field of personal development and has helped millions of people. In his teachings, Dr. Covey often focused on the difference between people who take action and those who do […]

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How to Work with a Speaker’s Bureau: Interview with Collaborative Agency Group

July 6, 2012

People often ask me how the speaking industry, and speaking bureaus in particular, work. Here’s an interview with an incredibly talented and successful speaking agency called Collaborative  Agency Group.  I have the highest regard for their President, Andy Cohen. Andy, can you give people a sense of your expertise in the speaking industry? Hi Mawi- […]

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2012 Mental Karate Jigna Winner

June 29, 2012

Every year, Mental Karate gives the Jigna Award to a Black Belt who has inspired us and his classmates.   Jigna is an Ethiopian word referring to a heroic warrior. Last year’s Jigna hailed from a small town in Wisconsin – this year, our winner is Cody Cook, all the way from Waimea, Hawaii.  I had the […]

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3 Uncommon Rules of Money

June 13, 2012

If you pay attention to personal finance gurus, you’re familiar with some of the common tips: let your money work for you instead of just working for money; compound interest is among the universes’ most powerful forces;  live below your means. Here are 3 I would add: 1) Everything is cheap until you multiply it by […]

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No Expiration Date on the Difference You Make

June 12, 2012

I was at a wedding on Saturday and ran into a man named Henry. Henry used to tutor kids in the low-income neighborhood where I lived during high school – Henry’s specialty was math. Henry and I started talking about Mike, one of the kids I grew up with. Mike had dropped out of high school and […]

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A Kid Named Brian

June 5, 2012

His mother had died of cancer when he was twelve. His two older brothers had already left the house. When I met Brian, he was a rising high school senior, thinking about going to college, but also contemplating working as a mechanic. His ACT score was 33. Brian lived with his father in a small […]

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7 Upcoming Speaking Engagements

March 14, 2012

Here’s a snapshot of seven speeches I’m giving this April and May: 1) Ontario Ministry of Education – Toronto: This daylong event will bring in leaders from all 72 boards (Canadian term for district) in the state of Ontario.  It’s a “leadership congress” where the Ministry will articulate the leadership framework that school leaders and board leaders […]

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English Language Learners (ELL) Guide to Success

February 20, 2012

As someone who had to learn English in school, I’ve always felt a special affinity for ELL students. I’ve created this 12-minute video that shares some of my best tips for ELL student success. I know that some students will not understand everything I say, and that’s okay – this video is meant as much […]

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Good Enough Parenting?

January 30, 2012

In this 1-minute video, my good friend Steve Ritter presents an alternative to being the perfect parent. What do you think?

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Water is to fish what action is to leaders.

January 24, 2012

It’s not the smartest, richest, or best-looking person that succeeds. It’s the person who takes action consistently. I”m reminded of a 7th grade student who was frustrated that his Aunts spoke behind his back in French.  What did he do? He taught himself basic French. Or the teacher who always dreamed of becoming a writer. […]

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Can you fix this team?

January 18, 2012

Succeeding on our own is often child’s play compared to succeeding as a team. Once you have a team – whether a marriage, sport, or professional setting – you have to resolve competing agendas, balance disparate personalities, and resolve conflict. If you have five minutes, take a look at this school team. The 24-page diagnostic […]

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Is Sweetness Passing you By?

January 10, 2012

One of the most amazing things I’ve ever heard my mother say is, “Sweetness passed me by before I knew it was sweet.”  Believe it or not, she was referring to her time in a refugee camp, because she was remembering the wonderful friends, really family, that brought sweetness to that otherwise unbearable and terrifying […]

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