Last week, my family spent a week in Italy, visiting Venice, Florence and Rome. It was an unforgettable celebration of two graduations and a thirtieth wedding anniversary.  All four of us (my wife and two kids) have always wanted to visit Italy. Over the next few days, I’d like to scribble down for you the life lessons I learned while I

Today we honor the memory of those who died in military service to the United States. I cannot express how grateful I am for their sacrifice. I hope you are able to spend today with friends and family. I will return to my regular blog schedule tomorrow. See you then! Tim

I am musing today about what’s coming in a few short weeks: summer. Summer is a time that kids generally look forward to—but it has changed since I was a kid. Back in my day, summer was a time for random ballgames outside, the ice cream truck, hikes in the woods and spontaneous time at the pool with friends. Students are experiencing

I just spoke to two university officers about how they are adding “apps” to their college offerings to students. Yep, you heard that right. Just like you have an “app” on your phone for setting your alarm, and finding a location in a new city, institutions of higher education are adding “apps” to enable students to locate assignments, grasp material they

Inseparable (Part Nine) Nine Elements You Cannot Separate From Healthy Leadership Today is the final part in my blog series on nine ingredients that cannot be separated from quality leadership. Like eggs and bacon—they just go together. Any leader without them is incomplete or unhealthy. Since my blog posts are about leading the next generation, I’m hopeful these short articles will help

Inseparable (Part Eight) Nine Elements You Cannot Separate From Healthy Leadership Today is part eight in my blog series about nine ingredients that cannot be separated from quality leadership. Like a pair of shoes or a pair of socks—they just go together. Any leader without them is incomplete or unhealthy. Since my blog posts are about leading the next generation, I’m hopeful

Inseparable (Part Seven) Nine Elements You Cannot Separate From Healthy Leadership Over a nine day period, I’m blogging about nine ingredients that cannot be separated from quality leadership. Like the Green Hornet and Kato—they just go together. Any leader without them is incomplete or unhealthy. Since my blog posts are about leading the next generation, I’m hopeful these short articles will help

Inseparable (Part Six) Nine Elements You Cannot Separate From Healthy Leadership Today is part six in my series about nine ingredients that cannot be separated from quality leadership. Like Siamese twins joined at the hip—they just go together. Any leader without them is incomplete or unhealthy. Since my blog posts are about leading the next generation, I’m hopeful these short articles will

Inseparable (Part Five) Nine Elements You Cannot Separate From Healthy Leadership Over the next nine days, I plan to blog about nine ingredients that cannot be separated from quality leadership. Like Bonnie and Clyde or Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers—they just go together. Any leader without them is incomplete or unhealthy. Since my blog posts are about leading the next generation, I’m

Inseparable  (Part Four) Nine Elements You Cannot Separate From Healthy Leadership I’m in the middle of a series about nine ingredients that cannot be separated from quality leadership. Like Laurel and Hardy or Batman and Robin, they just go together. Any leader without them is incomplete or unhealthy. Since my blog posts are about leading the next generation, I’m hopeful these short

Inseparable: Nine Elements You Cannot Separate From Healthy Leadership Today I’m doing part three on nine ingredients that cannot be separated from quality leadership. Like salt and pepper or ketchup and mustard—they just go together. Any leader without them is incomplete or unhealthy. Since my blog posts are about leading the next generation, I’m hopeful these short articles will help you deepen

Inseparable: Nine Elements You Cannot Separate From Healthy Leadership Today is part two of a series about nine ingredients that cannot be separated from quality leadership. Like Siamese twins joined at the hip, these qualities are a natural part of healthy leaders’ lives. Any leader without them is incomplete or unhealthy. Since my blog posts are about leading the next generation, I’m

Over the next nine days, I plan to blog about nine ingredients that cannot be separated from quality leadership. Like Siamese twins joined at the hip, these qualities are a natural part of healthy leaders’ lives. Like salt and pepper or ketchup and mustard—they just go together. Any leader without them is incomplete or unhealthy. Since my blog posts are

  On Friday, I had the undeserved privilege of interviewing the speakers at this year’s Chick-fil-A Leadercast, a conference that was simultaneously broadcast to 85,000 leaders in various locations around the U.S. It was fantastic! I spoke to the likes of author John C. Maxwell; Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca Cola, Mack Brown, head coach of the Texas Longhorn football team; Dave

A critical task for parents, coaches and teachers is to nurture leadership qualities in kids. Yep, all of them—the “super kids” and the “slacker” kids. I’m suggesting we help them see themselves as leaders. I made a discovery over the last thirty years. I have found when I cast vision to them to be a leader; when I furnish them

Do you think about the long-range affect of your words on students? Do you consider the timing of your message? What do they need most right now? It’s time we think about these issues, whether we are parents, teachers, coaches, employers or youth pastors. Kids mature at different paces and need certain messages at specific times along the way

Several months ago, we hosted a focus group of students (ages 16-24) and asked them: What are your preferred methods of communication?  We thought it was a good question. After all, we’re all about trying to connect with Generation iY—so we thought we’d ask just how they wanted to receive our messages. Their response shouldn’t have surprised us. Their top eight

I just had a great meeting with a new friend, Ben Bost. Ben is a pro golfer who works with FCA in Phoenix, Arizona, and focuses on mentoring young golfers. We met in Tulsa, as Ben was meeting with a community of student golfers (all seniors in high school) and investing in these athletes, helping them not only with their