Why Integrity Matters

Honesty is Always the Best Policy.  At least that’s what the poster says. But aren’t there exceptions to every rule? Zig Ziglar, author of Born to Win, doesn’t think so.  He insisted, “The most influential persuasion tool in your entire arsenal is...

Depression, Vulnerability, & Second Chances

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable,” warned Mother Teresa. “Be honest and transparent, anyway.” A nonprofit organization invited me to join them for breakfast several years ago.  They wanted me to deliver a keynote presentation about...

Voices in the City School

I posted short journaling activities for my seventh grade students on the board every morning.  Students responded to each statement or question in their writing notebooks when they entered the classroom.  I designed the journaling activities to serve as springboards...

Honesty Builds Trust (Especially With Youth)

I love metaphors.  Composition teachers warn writers to avoid metaphors like the plague.  Although I often use metaphors when I write and speak, I am a literal listener.  This creates problems. I usually do not understand the punch line of jokes.  I’m often confused...

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