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  • Four Paradoxes Today’s Students Experience

    Sophie, a 17-year old junior in high school, said it best: “I think I would have preferred growing up in the 90s.” Today’s teens are the newest demographic with a label. They’re called Generation Z, the Centennials, The Pivotals, the iGeneration, the Mosaics and the Homelanders. According to British news source The Guardian, “They’ve grown… The post Four Paradoxes Today’s Students Experience appea...

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  • Why Kids Need to “Think Rich”

    Og Mandino wrote a classic book years ago, called “Think and Grow Rich.” Others have come along and re-written his thoughts that are based on timeless principles and universal truths about success. Mr. Mandino suggests in his book there is a “rich” way to think and a “poor” way to think. And it’s not just… The post Why Kids Need to “Think Rich” appeared first on Growing Leaders.

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  • Eight Action Steps for Managing Team Expectations

    When we work with athletic departments, under the leadership of J. T. Thoms, we almost always take surveys of both coaches and student athletes. They provide us with data that informs our events and ensures that our partnership is guided by their pain points. These surveys also furnish us with a clear picture of what… The post Eight Action Steps for Managing Team Expectations appeared first on Gro...

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  • The Missing Ingredient in Today’s Parenting Journey

    In recent years, I’ve spent countless hours with groups of parents, faculty, coaches and youth workers. Each conversation becomes a candid disclosure of the fears, the struggles and the preoccupation adults have with today’s youth. It has become clear that over the course of their kids’ childhood, parents experience various stages as they guide and… The post The Missing Ingredient in Today’s Paren...

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  • Three Steps to Develop Grit

    I just finished watching Ron Howard’s latest film on The Beatles. Those four pioneers of rock and roll (who America got to meet in February 1964 on the Ed Sullivan Show), have a mystical aura to their story. Lots of legends surround their emergence as a musical force fifty years ago. Today—I’d like to clear… The post Three Steps to Develop Grit appeared first on Growing Leaders.

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  • The Quality That Develops Initiative in Students

    I watched as a Dean for Residence Life spoke to a college student recently. The dean was concerned about the lack of initiative the student was showing while serving as a Resident Advisor in her hall. The conversation went something like this: Dean: Why didn’t you talk to your residents about the electrical problem? Student:… The post The Quality That Develops Initiative in Students appeared first...

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  • How to Balance Tech Time and Tree Time

    For the last few years, Americans have experienced an epiphany. Parents and educators realized our young adults have remained indoors in front of a screen for far too many hours. So now—we’ve begun to do something about it. According to a report from Kampgrounds of America (KOA), an organization of privately owned campgrounds, more and… The post How to Balance Tech Time and Tree Time appeared firs...

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  • Four Ideas to Teach Students Who Can’t Sit Still

    I just returned from a trip last month, after observing classrooms in a K-12 school. Two realities struck me most vividly: How many hours the students were required to sit in a classroom. How difficult it was for at least half of them to do so. Did you know that the number of kids who… The post Four Ideas to Teach Students Who Can’t Sit Still appeared first on Growing Leaders.

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  • The Biggest Shift We Must Make to Win the Hearts of Students

    Last month, I spoke to a student athlete and her coach in two separate conversations. Hannah (not her real name) had just quit her soccer team. Her reason? “I just couldn’t handle the yelling and anger from my coaches any more.” When I spoke to Hannah’s coach, he said, “I yell because I just don’t… The post The Biggest Shift We Must Make to Win the Hearts of Students appeared first on Growing Lead...

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  • A Simple Template to What Students CRAVE

    I’ve been watching celebrities who’ve made their way onto center stage of the media and marketplace. The ones who’ve captured the attention of America, especially the emerging generation, are ones who don’t merely imitate what others are doing and do it better, but who begin a whole new way of doing something. They are, in… The post A Simple Template to What Students CRAVE appeared first on Growin...

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  • How to Help Your Team Bond Quickly

    They made it look so easy. I am speaking of Team USA in the World Baseball Classic last month. Thirty-four guys from different professional teams got together to play against the world’s best baseball teams—and they won it all. How could such a diverse group that played together less than three weeks become such a… The post How to Help Your Team Bond Quickly appeared first on Growing Leaders.

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  • Five Ideas to Overcome Short-Attention Spans in Students

    Recently, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league is considering speeding up their basketball games. Why? They realize people’s attention spans are shorter today. He’s right. TIME magazine reports, “The average attention span for the notoriously ill-focused goldfish is nine seconds, but according to a new study from Microsoft Corp., people now generally lose concentration after… The post Five...

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  • Three Phases that Make Learning Stick: Podcast #45

    Today, I’m excited to share with you a conversation with Dr. Britt Andreatta. Andreatta is an internationally recognized thought leader, author, and speaker on learning and leadership. She will also be a speaker at our upcoming National Leadership Forum 2017. Here are some highlights from our conversation. Tim Elmore: In your first book, Wired to Grow, you explore… The post Three Phases that Make ...

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  • The Number One Killer of Productivity

    If I were to ask you: What is the top killer of productivity in a work environment? What would you say? If I asked you: What is the chief distraction keeping students from focusing on their studies in school? What would you say? How about if I asked you: What is your number one hindrance… The post The Number One Killer of Productivity appeared first on Growing Leaders.

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  • Take Time to Dig into What’s Inside Students

    Archaeologists working in Mosul, Iraq have unexpectedly discovered an amazing palace that was built in 600 BC, underneath the rubble of a shrine. The pristine palace is likely 2,700 years old and has resided beneath the surface of current buildings and shrines located in Mosul, according to a report in The Telegraph. The palace could shed light on… The post Take Time to Dig into What’s Inside Stud...

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  • How to Help Teens Through Emotional Times

    Let me begin this blog with a brash, even stark observation: We live in a very emotional time period. Not only are adults divided over our nation’s politics right now, expressing volatile emotions, but our kids are navigating extreme emotions at a high level. Students often find it difficult to negotiate the alarming amount of information… The post How to Help Teens Through Emotional Times appeare...

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  • Eight Steps to Foster Civil Discourse on Controversial Issues

    A man in Shaanxi, China, recently learned that the object he’d been using to crack walnuts for the last 25 years was a live hand grenade. Uh oh. I think we’re experiencing a similar emotional grenade on our school campuses. There’s lots of talk today, both in K-12 and higher education, about civic readiness. This… The post Eight Steps to Foster Civil Discourse on Controversial Issues appeared firs...

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  • Parents: Get Off Your Phone

    Last year, my colleague, Andrew McPeak, hosted several focus groups made up of middle school and early high school students. This was done as research for the book, Marching Off the Map, which will be released later this year. In the first focus group, a young teenage girl said something that gave us pause. She… The post Parents: Get Off Your Phone appeared first on Growing Leaders.

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  • What Servant Leadership Is Really About

    Servant-leadership is a buzzword today, but it has been around for centuries. Thanks to the work of Robert Greenleaf and his Center for Servant Leadership, schools and organizations worldwide have bought into the notion that leadership is first about service—not about power. I completely agree. But while its popularity is on the rise, its practice… The post What Servant Leadership Is Really About ...

  • Why Kids Need to Take Risks & How to Encourage Them

    Last year, I wrote about how American young adults are among the most risk-averse population our country has ever produced. It was not meant to be an insult. It was meant to explain why so many take Mom to a job interview, move home after college or are afraid to pursue other appropriate endeavors as… The post Why Kids Need to Take Risks & How to Encourage Them appeared first on Growing Leaders.

  • How to Get the Effort You Want From Your Students

    The toughest moment for any educator, coach, leader or parent is when we need to offer tough feedback to a student. Author Daniel Coyle reminds us—if you do it right, you can get the best response from those kids. Do it wrong and it can backfire. I will never forget learning a fundamental lesson about… The post How to Get the Effort You Want From Your Students appeared first on Growing Leaders.

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  • The Dangers of Telling a Child: You’re Special

    I met a woman recently whose life almost completely revolved around her son. She was a proud parent and decided, like millions of American moms and dads, to take her job as a mom very seriously. She made a faulty assumption, however. Because her child meant everything to her, she sent constant signals to him… The post The Dangers of Telling a Child: You’re Special appeared first on Growing Leaders...

  • Three Ways to Leverage Personalized Learning for Students

    Last month, a video of a teacher greeting his North Carolina students went viral. It was shown on morning TV shows as well as on social media. Mr. Barry White, Jr. literally stands outside his 5th grade classroom in Charlotte, and offers a unique gesture for greeting each of his students. Call it a glorified… The post Three Ways to Leverage Personalized Learning for Students appeared first on Grow...

  • Equipping Students to Enjoy the Drills and Thrills of Leadership

    A freshman student at Vanderbilt University just told me she’s done with leadership positions. At least, for a while. When I asked why—she responded this way: I feel like I’ve already done everything they can offer me as a leader. I don’t get excited about the “leadership stuff” anymore. I had a bad experience this… The post Equipping Students to Enjoy the Drills and Thrills of Leadership appeared...

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  • Three Things John Maxwell Looks for in Young Leaders: Podcast #44

    Today, I’m excited to share with you a conversation with my friend and mentor, Dr. John C. Maxwell. John Maxwell is a world-renowned leadership expert, speaker, and New York Times best-selling author of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. He will also be a speaker at our upcoming National Leadership Forum 2017. Here are some… The post Three Things John Maxwell Looks for in Young Leaders: Podcas...

  • How to Build Lasting Integrity in Kids

    Icebergs and Ice Cubes An iceberg has been used over and over again by instructors to illustrate hidden realities. We often talk about the “tip of the iceberg” meaning there’s a larger amount of unseen substance than what’s visible. It’s an analogy. The iceberg is one of our most popular Habitudes® images when we teach… The post How to Build Lasting Integrity in Kids appeared first on Growing Lead...

  • Five Ways to Protect Students From Social Media

    Best-selling author Simon Sinek was interviewed on Millennials and said something startling. According to Sinek, the use of social media has the same effect as drinking, smoking or gambling. It is addictive. The same chemical, dopamine, is released in us when we hear the ping of social media. The students we hosted in our focus… The post Five Ways to Protect Students From Social Media appeared fir...

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  • Five Gifts Athletes Need From Coaches

    Recently, I had the opportunity to share with the NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) community the following thoughts. I wanted to share them with you as well… I made an observation some time ago that’s been confirmed over and over, among student athletes. Most want to be “seen” as leaders, but few want… The post Five Gifts Athletes Need From Coaches appeared first o...

  • The Most Common Mistakes Parents Make

    Recently, I was interviewed by pediatrician Dr. Meg Meeker for her podcast. The theme was the topic of my book, Twelve Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid. During the course of our conversation, several concepts were discussed that I felt you’d benefit from in a blog post. I have included them here. 1. In your book:… The post The Most Common Mistakes Parents Make appeared first on Growing Leaders.

  • What’s the DEAL with Kids Today?

    Now that we’re over a month into a new year, I felt it was appropriate to ask you a question. Are you approaching your work with students in the right frame of mind? Centuries ago, Marcus Aurelius wrote, “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not necessarily… The post What’s the DEAL with Kids Today? appeared first on Growing Leaders.

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  • Five Reasons Why Deadlines Are Lifelines for Students

    There is a charming story from years ago about a small frog who fell into a pothole on a busy road. Although he tried, he couldn’t jump high enough to hop out. One by one, fellow critters heard him croaking for help as they walked by. Each one promised to find someone bigger than they… The post Five Reasons Why Deadlines Are Lifelines for Students appeared first on Growing Leaders.

  • One Surprising Reason High School Students Score Higher

    I was reading a number of studies recently about what enables students to perform better in school. I stumbled upon a finding that intuitively makes sense—but I had never considered its impact. Teachers often bemoan the fact that students’ writing and communication skills are poor. Perhaps it’s due to our current world of instant messaging… The post One Surprising Reason High School Students Score...

  • A Bridge or a Wall?

    It’s always sad to go backwards. People love progress not regress. Some could argue that we’ve gone backwards in race relations over the last ten to fifteen years. I am not sure if that’s true, but one nationwide survey reported in 2004 that 3 out of every 4 white people felt that race relations were… The post A Bridge or a Wall? appeared first on Growing Leaders.

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  • Three African American Leaders Who Changed My Life

    This month is Black History Month across our nation. February is when we take time to remember and appreciate the African-Americans who’ve changed the course of our lives, including people like: George Washington Carver Sojourner Truth Frederick Douglas Harriet Tubman Hiram Revels Jesse Owens Rosa Parks Jackie Robinson The names on this list are intentional.… The post Three African American Leader...

  • Marshall’s Four Rules When Leading in Troubled Times

    Many would say we live in troubled times. Perhaps, most of us would say so. This past year, 2016, was a crazy year, which included: Alarming terrorist attacks in several locations A volatile economy full of underemployed people Disturbing racial tension between police and minorities An unpredictable presidential election in November You might be surprised… The post Marshall’s Four Rules When Leadi...

  • Why Resiliency Is Rare

    Last December, I spent time with my long-time friend, Dave Dravecky. Dave was the major league pitcher for the SF Giants, who in 1989 threw the “pitch heard round the world.” Dave was diagnosed with cancer in his pitching arm and was forced to leave the game he loved. But he fought back and against… The post Why Resiliency Is Rare appeared first on Growing Leaders.

  • Five Culture Killers in Your Organization

    I’ve said it before; I will say it again. The organizational culture you experience at your work will impact the performance of team members more than anything else. As Peter Drucker eloquently said decades ago, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” So, if culture is so important, leaders must guard it at all costs. They must… The post Five Culture Killers in Your Organization appeared first on G...

  • Three Things I Did Right in 2016

    Yesterday, I hung out my dirty laundry. I blogged about five mistakes I made in 2016 as a leader. They were: focusing so much on outcomes that I missed some outcasts and outliers; assuming I could do more than possible in a day but less than possible in a year; becoming so enthralled with the… The post Three Things I Did Right in 2016 appeared first on Growing Leaders.

  • Five Mistakes I Made as a Leader in 2016

    I spend time each January processing the mistakes and progress I made the previous year. Like many, I find January is a great month to make adjustments and course corrections on my life. Below, I’ve included five mistakes I made this past year. I hope my transparency will benefit you and prevent you from some… The post Five Mistakes I Made as a Leader in 2016 appeared first on Growing Leaders.

  • One Quality Boomers and Millennials Must Each Develop

    Did you know that one of the most discussed problems in corporate America today is the relationships Baby Boomers have . . . or fail to have . . . with young Millennials? A majority of managers report feeling at odds with their more recently hired young employees. In this post, I’d like to suggest… The post One Quality Boomers and Millennials Must Each Develop appeared first on Growing Leaders.

  • The Changing Mental Health of Today’s Teens: Podcast #43

    Today, I’m excited to share with you a conversation with Dr. Jean Twenge. Dr. Twenge is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, consultant, and author of over 110 scientific publications. Jean will also be a speaker at our National Leadership Forum this summer in Atlanta. Here are some highlights from our conversation. Tim… The post The Changing Mental Health of Today’s Teens: Pod...

  • Four New Levels of Student Engagement

    I write often about the ever-evolving world we live in today. The way “things get done” is transforming before our very eyes. Often, a teacher in a classroom cannot keep up with the way kids connect, share, transmit and get to a goal. In his book, Here Comes Everybody, author and media theorist Clay Shirky… The post Four New Levels of Student Engagement appeared first on Growing Leaders.

  • How to Enjoy a Less Stressful Year

    I have observed an interesting evolution in people, during my career. Our stress levels are rising—and it often requires far less to stress us out. We get stressed more quickly and more easily today. Our expectations of life being easy or convenient are higher today. We tolerate less frustration. Our coping mechanisms vary but we… The post How to Enjoy a Less Stressful Year appeared first on Growi...

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  • Three Reasons for Teen Unhappiness and What To Do About It

    Not long ago, I read the results of a study on happiness, which focused on children under 18 years old. I was immediately enraptured with this global report because I assumed with all the resources and technology we have at our fingertips, American kids would likely be the happiest kids in the world. Ugh. No. […]

  • Why Parents’ Priorities Are Hurting Students

    This article is a simple reminder of a timeless truth: “What gets rewarded gets repeated.” My generation placed an emphasis on several priorities that I believe have backfired on our children. While the goals were well intentioned, they unwittingly manipulated our kids to value lower priorities over higher ones and to value the end, not […]

  • The Power of Social Emotional Learning: Podcast #42

    Today, I’m excited to share with you a conversation with Dr. Meria Carstarphen, Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools. With over 20 years of educational experience, Dr. Carstarphen has an impressive record of transformative educational leadership. She will also be a speaker at our upcoming National Leadership Forum 2017. Below are some highlights from our conversation. Here […]

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  • Ten Steps to Help Students Be More Mindful

    Yesterday, I blogged about the damages of multi-tasking. As a multi-tasking addict, I have become a convert to mono-tasking—concentrating on one clear task at a time. I reject FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and embrace MONO . . . as in mono-tasking. Today, I want to offer some practical steps to become more mindful. As […]

  • The Unintended Consequences of Multi-Tasking

    I remember becoming acutely aware of students’ multi-tasking abilities in 2005. I watched my daughter, who was a senior in high school, do her homework while also enjoying four other inputs—music from her iPod, a television show, her laptop and her phone, which enabled her to continue an ongoing conversation with a friend about a […]

  • How to Keep Athletes from Collapsing Under Pressure

    Albert Einstein once insightfully wrote: “The last thing to collapse is the surface.” When I pause and reflect for a moment, I can see he’s right. The surface collapses last in our day because we’re only aware of that surface. We’re consumed with how we look. It’s possible that we’ve never been as mindful of […]

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  • One Sign Every School Needs to Hang Up

    I loved the news report I read last month. Perhaps you saw it too. A Catholic High School in Little Rock, Arkansas has a rule for parents whose students are enrolled in their school: Please stop rescuing your kid. It is a high school for boys and, like thousands of other American schools, they have […]

  • Five Trends That Inform Our Work with Students Globally

    Growing Leaders recently hosted three “Global Voices Gatherings” at our Atlanta offices. They were compelling meetings with youth executives from around the world. While there are differences in every nation, we all drew one conclusion: Today’s youth need to be equipped to serve and lead. As we consider the price tag for expanding our work […]

  • Five Questions to Ask Yourself About Leading Teens

    This past month, I was encouraged and entertained by teenagers who symbolized two completely different perspectives on life. I thought you’d enjoy them too, and perhaps learn what they teach us about adolescents today. I offer these two case studies below. Fasten your seatbelt. Case Study One: Can You Post a Better Photo? An 18-year-old […]

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