5 Minute Interview: Dr. Stephen Jones
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Dr. Jones: I’m currently the CEO of SAJ Publishing Company and Associate Dean of Students and Strategic Planning in the College of Engineering at Villanova University. For twenty-six years, I have delivered presentations on numerous topics including how to study, leadership, effective communication, and innovative management practices. I also authored of three books the “Seven Secrets of How to Study,” the Parent’s Ultimate Education Guide” and the “Ultimate Scholarship Guide. The books provide an easy understanding of the seven pillars that are essential to learning effective study techniques.
I enjoy working with students and helping them to improve their success in K12 schools and colleges. Working with students has enabled me to have a complete understanding of how to motivate them to pursue their goals and to create a plan to achieve them.
Alvin: Pick any man in the world as your role model who would it be and why?
Dr. Jones: My father Herbert Jones is my greatest role model. He taught me how to be a man and the value of hard work. He was the first African American produce manager of a large supermarket in Philadelphia. With six children to raise, he was never afraid to work two jobs. He taught us how to love our family and God.
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
Dr. Jones: I plan to have my fourth book published to help students to focus on how to achieve their goals. I would like to sell 1 million copies. Most K12 schools and colleges do not teach the value of goal setting. I think it will help a lot of people to know what they can accomplish if they have a plan that the follow.
Alvin: Name one challenge with being a father and how it’s made you a better father today?
Dr. Jones: I think that greatest challenge is making sure that I communicate with my children. My wife always seems to know more than I do even though I make a sincere effort to talk to my son and daughter.
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Dr. Jones: Graduating from college and getting married was the greatest step. It reminded me that I have a great responsibility to love my wife and instruct and love my children.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
Dr. Jones: The best advice that I received was to be a leader and not a follower. My dad taught me that there are very few leaders and he was right. I know how to make decisions and feel confident that I am making things better for others. As a leader I am a servant to those who I am leading.0