World Compliment Day

Human hands showing thumbs up sign

In 1965, singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon debuted her hit single What the World Needs Now.  Many of us remember the “next stanza” of this popular song as an amplification of the 1960’s call for “love” among all peoples.

In 2017 — 50+ years later — I suggest that in the unsettled and politically divisive culture of education in 21st century America, let’s revise this “next stanza” to say simply, “What the world needs now… is a compliment.”



  1. an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration

  2. a formal act or expression of civility, respect, or regard

  3. a courteous greeting; good wishes; regards

In this spirit:

LEAN Frog would like to compliment:

  • The many, many teachers in America that pour their hearts into helping our children – both academically and socially – grow-up to handle living in a complex world
  • The of the educational support staff that provide a safe and healthy environment  for our children each day
  • Both board of education members and superintendents for providing inspired and innovative leadership that supports our community vision for education and for their direction in competently managing all the business aspects of a complex public organization
  • Students in public education for all their perseverance, hard work and creative and insightful thinking

Next, you might ask what comes after a compliment?  Well, my mother taught me that when you received a compliment, you should say, “thank you!”

So, again in that spirit:

LEAN Frog would like to thank:

  • Those who have taken the time to compliment our work – some of these compliments are available at
  • The judge of the American Business Association’s “Stevie” Awards who, in recognition of LEAN Frog’s Silver Stevie-IBA-Silver-Logo-170x300Award in the “Most Innovative Company of the Year” competition of 2016, said:

    “Too few companies have the courage and the compassion required to address the education market because it is not as lucrative as many others—you have to care enough to want to go there and be dedicated to providing real benefit, not just being another parasite on the beleaguered system.  It appears that LEAN Frog has shown the clever, entrepreneurial wit to bring real value where it is much needed.”

Finally, I would like to personally thank all of our friends in public education that, with a smile and a chuckle, have complimented me, Dave Knowles, when I am wearing my signature “frog hat.”




– Dave Knowles, LEAN Frog Sales and Marketing Manager

2 Responses to “World Compliment Day”

  1. Hans Poortvliet

    Hi Dave,

    Just a short note to thank you for you great contribution in connection with World Compliment Day. What a nice way to put it all in the right (actual/nowadays) perspective. Very much appreciated!

    Best regards,
    Hans Poortvliet (initiator World Compliment Day)


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