In 2008, Jenny Fox, who worked at a school for children with learning differences came out with a book about developing children’s strengths through school programs. Jenny Fox has shoulder length brown hair with bangs. Her middle initial, like mine is M. She lives in England.
I kept getting calls about my book and questions about the school I led at the time (a school for girls with learning differences) but the details were all wrong. People asked me about a slightly different book title, and a school for grade school students not the high school level where I was the head. After many of these questions, I did a Google search on myself and discovered my real life doppelganger.
Imagine the odds of this! I reached out to the other Jennifer Fox and she had already heard of me in exactly the same way I found her. “What if there is one of us in every country!” I suggested. Gosh, I hope there is. Spreading the message of developing strengths needs an army of us out there.
At the time I discovered this, I believed it was a unique human interest story. I thought we could help each other by somehow joining forces. Nobody else ( my publisher, editor, publicist) felt this was a good idea as it would be distracting and was a potential threat to my visibility, reach and well, my profitability.
I believe in an abundant world. The more we engage in supportive sharing the greater good we can effect. The more we ignite collaborative efforts, the better. There is room for us all.
It is my hope that educational transformers will lend their hands to one another rather than hoard their brands. Its time we joined forces, came together and cloned our mission rather than allowing our egos to race to the top. We need to share and join together or this revolution isn’t going to happen.