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Signs to Spot and Steps to Take to Prevent Suicide

Recently, I was interviewed for a radio broadcast on Georgia Public Broadcasting in Atlanta. I joined the program host Celeste Headlee and investigators J. Bahan Rich and Trebor Randle from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. It was a difficult conversation, as the topic was suicide prevention. Our state has seen a spike in teen suicides…

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Four Ways to Refuel This Summer

So many leaders today seek a life of balance. For years, we’ve discussed the elusive work/life balance—and I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who perfectly achieved it. Balance as we understood it doesn’t exist. No one perfectly divides his or her life into equal slices. Instead, life ebbs and flows. From times of extreme…

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How a Cell Phone Ruined Two Lives

Breaking news hit the airwaves in June that reflected how much the digital world is changing the way we live our lives. In a first-of-its-kind story, Michelle Carter, 20 years old, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, after her former boyfriend, Conrad Roy, committed suicide in his pickup truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. “Wait,” you say.…

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Happy Independence Day

Today we celebrate our past. Independence Day is a remembrance of our ancestors that make up American history. Forefathers like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and Benjamin Franklin sacrificed their lives to live out what they believed. They fought for American independence and won our freedom in the 18th century. I join you in that…

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How Adults Reduce Grit in Kids

Recently I read Angela Duckworth’s book, “Grit.” Dr. Duckworth left a high-paying job in consulting to take a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York City public school. She quickly realized that IQ isn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. In her book, she explains her theory…

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How Your Students Utilize Social Media

Happy 20th birthday Social Media! It was in 1997 the first social media site launched called, SixDegrees.com. (Based on the theory that there are no more than six degrees of separation from anyone and actor Kevin Bacon.) I cover social media’s history and purpose in my new book, Marching Off the Map. It’s stunning to…

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Are You Ready to Lead These Young People?

Have you been keeping up with the news on Russia? Protestors are taking to the streets and parks, demonstrating against government corruption. Dozens turned into hundreds, which turned into thousands of protestors carrying specific signs of their disapproval of President Putin’s regime. You might say, “That’s no big deal. This kind of thing has been…

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