55 episodes

Think about the greatest experiences you’ve ever had. What, or who, made them so memorable?
What did you lead, learn, or change, and why did it matter?
Significant moments in one’s life and career don’t have to be few and far between.
Reflect. Observe. Influence.
Viewing our accomplishments, our pivots, and our possibilities through a different lens can truly unleash your potential as a leader, a learner, or an agent of change. You have influence. You get to choose how much.
If you want to make a real impact, and help others do likewise, then join us as we examine learning, leadership, and change from the perspective of those who truly make a difference, from those who have leveraged their journey in a way that matters.
Lead. Learn. Change.

Lead. Learn. Change‪.‬ David W. Reynolds

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Think about the greatest experiences you’ve ever had. What, or who, made them so memorable?
What did you lead, learn, or change, and why did it matter?
Significant moments in one’s life and career don’t have to be few and far between.
Reflect. Observe. Influence.
Viewing our accomplishments, our pivots, and our possibilities through a different lens can truly unleash your potential as a leader, a learner, or an agent of change. You have influence. You get to choose how much.
If you want to make a real impact, and help others do likewise, then join us as we examine learning, leadership, and change from the perspective of those who truly make a difference, from those who have leveraged their journey in a way that matters.
Lead. Learn. Change.

    What Great Teachers Do

    What Great Teachers Do

    We all have stories about our favorite teachers. Sometimes those memories are about how they led their classes, making everyone feel accepted and valued, and sometimes we recall a humorous moment, or maybe a hat or other accessory that became that teacher's "brand." More often, however, we look back fondly on how that teacher made us feel, what he or she did to help us learn, or the way their concern and understanding was conveyed to us. If you are a great teacher now, you are also building a storehouse of memories. Thank you. If you don't serve in a teaching role, you know someone who does, regardless of their job title. Take a moment to share a word of appreciation with that person. Great teachers make a difference. Let them know that you've noticed.

    • 15 min
    Mike Shannon - Grit, Excellence, Leadership . . . Purpose

    Mike Shannon - Grit, Excellence, Leadership . . . Purpose

    University of North Georgia President and retired U.S. Army officer Michael (Mike) Shannon addresses the value of personal relationships, the benefits of collaborating with others, and the role that vision plays in becoming the best you can be. The conversation mentions great teacher Mr. Jones, instructing soldiers at West Point, and how the “magic sauce” of human interaction can lead us to accomplish virtually any worthy aim. Make sure to check out the show notes for more on Mike’s background and experiences.

    • 40 min
    Kristin Hatcher - Tell Your Story

    Kristin Hatcher - Tell Your Story

    Kristin Hatcher writes, and she inspires others to write. Kristin lifts lessons from daily events, challenges, victories, quiet reflections, others’ work, and life itself, helping her help others hone their craft and fulfill their dream to write a book. Kristin understands the connections between writing, learning, leading, and teaching, and her insights can support your desire to begin writing, stick with it, and make a difference for someone else along the way.

    • 33 min
    Christy Todd - You Want to Be an Influencer?

    Christy Todd - You Want to Be an Influencer?

    Georgia’s 2024 Teacher of the Year Christy Todd combines her enthusiasm for teaching with an innate curiosity and a strong desire to connect interests, talents and people, unleashing the creative potential of scores of students day after day, year after year. Christy’s excitement about what she might do next, what her students will do next, and how dedicated educators make possible the fulfillment of those dreams and ideas will inspire you. All of us can benefit from the approach that Christy takes, whether she is serving as a teacher leader or an ambassador for everything that is important in teaching and learning.

    • 38 min
    Rick Zeisig - I Had to Lose My Voice to Find My Voice

    Rick Zeisig - I Had to Lose My Voice to Find My Voice

    Rick Zeisig's fascination with radio started as a young child, he began his on-air radio career as a teenager, and he's never looked back. He's been a DJ in markets as large as Atlanta, and has truly enjoyed his work, whether spinning tunes, reporting traffic, calling Friday night high school football games for thirty years, or attending other community events. He loves his family and friends and gets a kick out of a good story, especially telling one. While he has met many interesting (and some famous) people, he reminds us that it's not the position someone holds, or how much money they have that matters most, but it's all about how we treat one another. Rick truly loves living in a small town – for many reasons – and he shares some of his thinking about that in this conversation, recorded in mid-September, 2023. Rick is also a two-time throat cancer survivor and when we spoke he was battling the disease for the third time.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Seth Godin - Teaching, Generosity, and Significance

    Seth Godin - Teaching, Generosity, and Significance

    “Persistence is always generous.” Honesty, integrity, and enthusiasm are skills. “I won the parent lottery.” Curiosity is steeped in Why, not in What. Useful incompetence is a vital part of learning. “Where is the community orchestra in your life?” “There’s no such thing as closing thoughts.” A great definition for creativity. In his now trademark style, bestselling author, Marketing Hall of Fame inductee, entrepreneur, blogger, husband, dad, teacher, and learner Seth Godin addresses these ideas, and more, and nudges us toward adopting a different perspective about making a difference in the world. As an ardent supporter of teachers, Seth’s generosity shines through in this conversation. His latest book, Song of Significance, will shed even more light on the value of community and on taking initiative to do work that matters. You may find yourself listening twice, jotting down some notes, or sharing a listening link with others.

    • 37 min

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

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Focus is where it should be

When David Reynolds talks with a guest, the focus is truly on the guest. David really listens and asks the questions that a listener would want asked. And his host-on-mic episodes are concise and thoughtful. I recommend both!

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Useful insights and remarkable stories

David Reynolds is a remarkably generous interviewer, choosing thoughtful and experienced guests and gently coaxing them to share deep insights and moving stories from their own lived experience. I don't work in the field of education, but I am a lifelong learner, and I have found useful and motivating insights and information in each of the episodes I have heard thus far.

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Resourceful Conversations

David's experience in education combined with genuine curiosity in his guests lead to meaningful conversations filled with stories and actionable insights. The best place to learn how to lead change in education and life.

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