A while back, I got to meet one of my favorite authors. Marcus Buckingham was speaking in Atlanta, and I was fortunate enough to connect with him for a few moments backstage, thanks to a little help from a few friends. Marcus is the bestselling author of First Break All the Rules, and Now Discover Your Strengths. His latest book

"If I had not been in prison, I would not have been able to achieve the most difficult task in my life, and that is changing yourself." Nelson Mandella A few years ago, I read a fascinating book, Geeks and Geezers, by Warren Bennis and Bob Thomas. In it they discuss their research on the role of the “crucible”

I don’t know if you’ve been following my tweets, but our team from Growing Leaders just returned from four days in Brazil. It was four days of food, relationships, hugs and training. We partnered with an organization called the University of Family. They are committed to building healthy families and equipping the next generation to be leaders. Needless to say—we fit right

On May 11, I will be speaking at the Whiteboard Sessions in Atlanta. My friend, Jason Young, is directing this year’s event. The Whiteboard Sessions is a unique event, so I talked to Jason recently to share more about this opportunity. Here’s the interview: TIM: What made you decide to get into the conference business? JASON: Conferences have been a part of

Tonight, I, and two team members, leave for Sao Paulo, Brazil. This will be our third trip to that great country. This one, however, is very significant. The first two were preparation trips. This time, we plan to officially launch “Growing Leaders” in Brazil. We’ve cultivated a relationship with a wonderful partner, called “Family University” who believes in our mission to

Last week, I spoke at various locations in Oklahoma, sponsored by LifeChurch. The topic: “Generation iY.”  Parents, teachers, employers, coaches and youth pastors gathered to discuss how adults can better connect with and equip students to become the adults our world needs. One issue that came up repeatedly as I signed books was this: “You say kids are getting stuck and

Recently, I got a direct tweet that asked a very important question. “What is your personal mission statement?” It’s a common issue. Today it’s vogue to talk about creating a purpose statement for your life. Unfortunately, few really understand what makes for a suitable one. By suitable, I mean it both fits who you are and it includes a bigger picture. When I

Today's blog post is written by Jake Sumner, one our newest team members at Growing Leaders. Jake has over ten years experience working with students and we are so excited to add him to our team. His words are both challenging and encouraging. I hope you get to know him a little bit better as he shares with us today. Tim “Dream

One of the fiercest tensions I face as a leader is the tension between leading authentically and modeling the virtues I want in followers.  Let me tell you what I mean. This next generation is crying for authentic leaders. Students want to follow someone who is real; someone who is the genuine article. One student said to me recently, “The only

I am on school campuses all year long—all over the world. Our team at Growing Leaders does over 100 events a year, most of them in the U.S., but this year we will also be in Brazil, Singapore, China, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Regardless of where we go, we find students that ask the question: how do I get to be

The question I’m asked most when I speak on leadership is: What if my boss isn’t a good leader? What if someone is smarter or has better ideas than the supervisor? How do we build something great or cultivate other leaders if the person in charge isn’t doing it? This is perhaps the most looming “elephant in the room” among organizations.