The Path From Rosa to Martin to Obama

All I can say is wow! President Obama’s speech was powerful and on-point. My next post will go over some leadership insights that can be drawn from his words, but for now I just want to share what a second grade teacher at our elementary school said about Obama…

Rosa sat so Martin could walk. Martin walked so Obama could run. Obama ran so our children could fly.

The bottom line: Well said!

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I am an experience management transformist, helping organizations improve business results by engaging the hearts and minds of their customers, employees, and partners. My "job" is Head of the Qualtrics XM Institute. The Institute is still being established, but our goal is to help organizations around the world thrive by mastering Experience Management (XM). As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. Prior to joining Qualtrics, I was managing partner of Temkin Group (leading CX research, advisory, and training firm), co-founder and chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (, and a VP at Forrester Research. I'm a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Check out my LinkedIn profile:

2 thoughts on “The Path From Rosa to Martin to Obama”

    1. Sid: Thanks for that clarification. I read about it in the local newspaper and thought it was created by the teacher. It might have, however, been created by someone else and only read to the students by the teacher. I didn’t mean to diss Jay-Z or whoever else might have created the quote. In any case, the wording really sings!

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