Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author, and parenting child expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s character, resilience, and reduce peer cruelty. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has spoken in 19 countries and five continents, and served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations. Clients include Sesame Street, Harvard, U.S. Air Force Academy, 18 US Army Bases in Europe and the Asian-Pacific, H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. and a TEDx Talk: “Empathy Is a Verb.” She offers realistic, research-based advice culled from a career working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.
That’s from Dr. Michele Borba’s website. I was introduced to Dr. Borba through Dr. Sheryl Ziegler, whose podcast “Dr. Sheryl’s PodCouch” I produce. And I was blown away by her intellect, her insight, her enthusiasm, and her warmth. Her new book: Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine is remarkable based on what I’ve read about it, and what I’ve heard now that I’ve had the privilege of producing two full-length interviews with her. She tells me it’s the book she’s wanted to write her entire life, but that took 30 years to come to fruition (and after 23 other books).
On this week’s show we discuss the book, her journey into becoming a world-renowned expert in educational psychology, and discuss parenting insights from across the spectrum. I’m not exaggerating when I say this was one of my favorite interviews I’ve ever done for a couple of reasons. 1) It’s not every day you get to spend substantial time with someone at the absolute tip top of their field; and 2) Michele is so sharp, so quick, and so energetic, she kept me on my toes the entire time. I like testing my interview skills, and Michele and I connected quickly. Very fun, very high energy, very propulsive chat.
Be sure to give it a listen on iTunes, stream it on Stitcher, or download it at the homepage. And then pick up her book Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine.