Derek Mann is a Performance Enhancement Consultant and co-founder of the Performance Psychology Group. In this backstage interview with Michael Hirsch, he speaks about the importance of emotional intelligence and it's implications in the the classroom and beyond. If you'd like to hear more, the audio from all six of the main sessions at the National Leadership Forum is now available here. Enjoy! Tim

Yesterday, I posted a great story from Stephen Covey, author of the best-seller, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I encourage you to read the post yesterday. Today, I want to share the outcome of the story—where Covey delegated the lawn care job at his house to his seven-year-old son. “Is it a deal, Son?” “It’s a deal.” “What’s the job?” “Green and

My friend, Todd Nettleton, reminded me of a great story that Stephen Covey included in his classic book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Enjoy! Some years ago, I had an interesting experience in delegation with one of my sons. We were having a family meeting, and we had our mission statement up on the wall to make sure our

Yesterday, I posted part one of a two-part series on the adolescent brain. I suggested that brain research over the last decade has enlightened those of us who work with middle school, high school or college students. At least it should. The brain is developing between ages 12-25 in new ways that prepare a person for adult life. This new research

I have a friend who is mourning his sixteen-year old daughter’s decision to go behind his back and get a tattoo. The two had talked about it and he thought she decided not to go through with it. Somehow, between the conversation and the following Friday—she changed her mind. He later found out there were several reasons: her best friend

I had a hilarious epiphany recently, while talking to a colleague about kids today. It dawned on me that parents and teachers expect kids to obey and do what’s right, when all we seem to celebrate in our culture is…well…outliers. Even rebels. Just consider the heroes or role models they admire when very young. It’s quite amusing. A friend, David O’Conner,

Not long ago, we had a bunch of kids over to our house one night. They were noisy, and twice I spoke to them about staying quiet. I didn’t want to disturb the neighbors. Plus—I had to get up early the next day and wanted to go to bed soon. At 9:30, I was assured the noise would cease. Sometime

Every once in a while, in my travels, I get to visit a place that reminds me of how life is supposed to be.  The people are friendly. They all know and care about each other. Life is simple. They somehow navigate troubled times—together. Recently, I got to speak in a little town that was precisely this. I half expected Andy

Today's post is a guest blog by Adam Donyes. Besides being a dear friend, he is the Director of Kanakuk Link Year, a foundational college experience for High School graduates. I hope you enjoy! Tim Last week I had a conversation with one of my mentors in life and I was seeking some guidance on how I should help students under my

The report just came in from this summer. Teen unemployment is up. Hmmm.  That’s probably not a shocker to you. Between the economic downturn, the fact that older adults are taking the jobs teens used to grab and the new expectations parents have of teens and young adults, it is no surprise that young people represent the highest demographic of unemployed

I am finishing a new book that will be released next June. Would you like to be in it? I am looking for great ideas from people like you who have done something that has helped prepare a young person for adulthood, for life or for leadership. Ideas could be anything like… * A rule you came up with at home * A

It’s ten years later. News broadcasts will replay video of the horrible incidents we all saw live on September 11th, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people were cremated by jet planes flying into buildings in New York and Washington D.C. May I take a moment and remind you of some of the most positive lessons that came from that fateful day? Heroes emerged everywhere.

starving baker

Imagine if you will.  You visit a bakery not far from your home. It’s new. You know you’re going to love this place because they’ve hired a new baker who has recipes for breads, pastries, donuts, cakes and cinnamon rolls that are to die for.

Word has gotten out about this bakery. Crowds start forming lines each day, waiting for the new confections to come from this baker’s marvelous kitchen. After you purchase your cinnamon roll, you sit down to watch this baker in action—and you notice something right away. The baker doesn’t seem to have enough help. Everyday, he ends up trying to serve all the customers himself. He is scurrying back and forth, busy with all the requests of the people—but oblivious to what’s happening to him. His exhaustion is quickly becoming burn out. What’s worse, as you watch him for a few weeks, you see a change. This man is getting thin. Very thin. It almost seems like he is shriveling up. What’s the deal?

Suddenly, the problem becomes obvious to you. This man never stops to eat. The irony is, he is so busy serving bread to everyone else, he never stops to eat anything he serves. With food all around him, he is starving. Hmmm. Sound familiar?

I don’t know if you’ve read the news, but I continue to hear about the aftermath of the tsunami that struck Japan months ago. One story hit me like a…uh…tsunami. According to ABC news, “The earthquake that walloped Japan left much of its coastline ravaged, but left one thing in place: the Japanese reputation for integrity.  In the five months since

Well, we celebrate Labor Day today — the official end of summer, the beginning of school and the weekend we kick-off another NCAA and NFL football season. You gotta love it! Do you know the origin of our Labor Day holiday? According to Wikipedia, the first official Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, by the

If you know me at all, you know how much I love college sports. With football season about to launch and Growing Leaders working with over twenty NCAA athletic programs—I am in hog heaven. I love sports as much as anyone in our nation. Part of what makes them fun, is the rivalries that started as early as a century

Dr. Jerry Pattengale is the Assistant Provost at Indiana Wesleyan University.  In this backstage interview with Michael Hirsch, he shares thoughts about building a dream that is bigger than the struggle and helping students create a "Life Wedge." If you'd like to hear more, the audio from all six of the main sessions at the National Leadership Forum is now available here. Hope you