Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 8¾
978-1-4758-4061-2 • Hardback • January 2020 • $53.00 • (£41.00)
978-1-4758-4062-9 • Paperback • January 2020 • $27.00 • (£20.99)
978-1-4758-4063-6 • eBook • January 2020 • $25.50 • (£19.99)
Joy Rosser has been an educator in southeast Pennsylvania for almost 25 years while simultaneously pursuing her passion for education through writing and research.
Tony Barber is the Superintendent of a mid-sized, suburban school district right outside of Philadelphia, PA. He is also a college professor, teaching classes in the principalship, the superintendency, and Educational Law.
—RON JAWORSKI, former quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles; CEO, Ron Jaworski Golf;
co-owner, Philadelphia Soul
Part I: An Inward Journey of the Self
1. Just a Rough Launch, Not Going to Be a Bad Day! Gain Momentum from Moments
—DOUGLAS C. YEARLEY JR., chairman and CEO, Toll Brothers
2. What D’Ya Mean I Can’t Redo the Day? Honor Life’s Brevity
—H. EDWARD HANWAY, former CEO, Cigna Corporation
3. Become the Family Dog! Personalize Your Behaviors
—ED HERR, president and CEO, Herr’s Foods, Inc.
4. At What Cost? And We Don’t Mean Money! Embrace Your Boundaries
—RAKIA REYNOLDS, founder and CEO, Skai Blue Media
5. Call Your Own Timeout in Your Life Game. Assess and Recalibrate
—GARY JONAS JR., president, The HOW Group
6. Be the Giving Tree, but Water Your Roots First. Be Selfish to Be Generous
—ANDREA GILBERT, president, Bryn Mawr Hospital
7.Life’s not Meeting You Halfway, Go Out and Get It! Let Your Attitude Be the Catalyst
—PETE CIARROCCHI, chairman and CEO, Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar
Part II: An Outward Journey of the Heart
8. Put in a Contributing Piece to Someone Else’s Puzzle. Trust the Process
—ANGELO R. PERRYMAN, president and CEO, Perryman Construction
9. Put on Your Glasses and Really SEE the Person! Cultivate Strengths
—MARCUS ALLEN, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region
10. Seeing Problems? You Might Need New Glasses! View Challenges as Opportunities
—BERNARD DAGENAIS, president and CEO, The Main Line Chamber Of Commerce
11. Engaging with People Can Actually Be Fun? Yes It Can! Invest in Relationships
—CHRIS GHEYSENS, president and CEO, Wawa, Inc.
12. Labels Are Just for Soup Cans. Define Hearts, Despite Actions
—DENIS P. O’BRIEN, senior executive VP and advisor to CEO, Exelon Corporation
13. Silence Is Golden—Perfect for the Theater, Not for Life! Recognize the Power of Response
—WILLIAM J. MARRAZZO, president and CEO, WHYY, Inc.
14. What Floor Is Your Mood Elevator On? Inspire through Illuminating
—THOMAS MEHLER, president, Southco, Inc.
Part III: An Impactful Journey of the Hands
15. Just Napkins? Come On, You Can Do Better Than That! Support and Serve
—NICHOLAS J. GIUFFRE, former president and CEO, Bradford White Corporation
16. But I Really Thought People Liked Hearing Me Complain! Reflect and Accept
—KEVIN REILLY, former NFL player; motivational speaker and author
17. Passing the Mashed Potatoes and Saying Thank You.
It Really Is That Simple! Appreciate and Encourage
—PHIL MARTELLI, former head men’s basketball coach, St. Joseph’s University
18. Large Coffee, Extra Passion, and Two Heaping Spoonfuls of Creativity.
Experience and Navigate
—NICK BAYER, CEO and founder, Saxbys
19. We’re Talking about Connections, Man! I Mean, How Silly Is That? Connect and Cultivate
—CHRIS FRANKLIN, chairman and CEO, Aqua America
—NICK DEBENEDICTIS, former chairman and CEO;
current board member, Aqua America
20. What If You Were Paid to Sell the Greatness of Your Workplace?
Would You Be a Millionaire? Brand and Promote
—JOHN LEAHY, former president and COO, KIND Healthy Snacks
21. Examine Your Enthusiasm for Life, Hope You Don’t Need a Microscope! Ignite Hearts
—ANDREW STINE, teacher, Twin Valley Middle School
About The Editors
About The Contributors
Attitude is everything when establishing relationships. Be it with students, peers or other adults, the impact we have on the people around us has the ability to influence a life forever. In knowing that we possess this type of influence, it is critical that we approach each day with a positive, well-intended mindset. In being an educator and a coach, the importance of being able to self-reflect on my daily experiences assists me with keeping a positive trajectory in school and in life. I simply love the manner in which Joy and Tony have developed the concept of the “local story,” no matter our position in life, we all possess the power to build a relationship or break it down. This book is for anyone and everyone who wants to continually strive for the best in themselves and others.
— Beth Potter Bryan, Teacher, Coach, Parent, Ridley School District
Teaching often presents unpredictable and frustrating experiences. Yet, in Sharing Mindsets, Joy and Tony offer teachers useful recipes for navigating daily challenges with tact, patience, and professionalism. In this uniquely written book, Joy and Tony provide a series of distinctive anecdotes from successful businesspersons, who, in their own words, explain the value of developing caring relationships with customers and fellow employees—the same strategies critical to making a difference in students’ lives. This book is for every educator at any level and at any place where there are students—and, as well, a valuable resource for parents!
— Dave F. Brown, Ed. D., Educational Researcher and Co-author of What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know
Leadership is one of the most critical components to the success of an organization. Be it in business or education, having the right leader ultimately builds the vision that promotes positivity and productivity. Yet, too often, we see these core values between business and education as separate. But not anymore! Joy and Tony have completed the incredible task of marrying both the business and educational worlds into one true voice. With their tireless work with CEOs and educators, they have been able to capture the core values that guide passionate, selfless leadership to ultimately build both amazing companies and classrooms. Through their work, we realize that true leadership encompasses the trifecta – the self, the heart and the hands. This text is truly one of a kind, and a must read for educators and business folks alike.
— Jack Berckemeyer, Speaker, Author and Humorist, and Owner of the Nuts and Bolts Symposiums
Sharing Mindsets is exactly the type of "catch" needed in our world today that adds value to both education and business! Both in football and in life, I have witnessed where an influential mindset improves everything, whereby, when the education system encompasses this approach, we build better students, we build better people and a better community. In accord, the same goes for the business world...better employees, better organizations, etc. And Joy and Tony understand this critical work must start at the grass roots level in classrooms and work rooms alike.
I always loved when my coach, Dick Vermeil, would say, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” This text emphasizes this exact premise!
Once we demonstrate true care and compassion, the sky is the limit; who knows when and where a child's or employee's passion will ignite. Teaching for potential and providing guiding principles for life is the key to building successful relationships, success people, and successful communities.
— Mike Quick, Former NFL Philadelphia Eagles Receiver, Current Broadcaster for Philadelphia Eagles