I have been speaking to faculty, administrators, deans and parents this last year about Generation iY, the second half of Generation Y. They are the young people born since 1990. Our research reveals there’s been a measurable shift between the kids born in the 80s and the ones born since 1990. What will Generation iY’s future be like? After talking

For the past two days, I've posted about a ritual I've performed for the last 26 years - one thing I do at the end of every year and one thing I do at the beginning of every year. Today, I thought I would change it up a little bit and post a video blog about this topic. Enjoy! Looking for

For twenty-six years now, I have performed a ritual at the end of December. It’s the way I wrap up each year and gain some perspective on my life. I take a half a day and get completely alone. Usually, I get away from the house and find a quiet place to reflect. During this time, I think, I pray and

12 Days of Christmas Parenting It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! It seems like we just celebrated Thanksgiving a few days ago. This time last year, I posted a holiday blog tour called: “The 12 Days of Christmas Parenting”  on the blogs some of my favorite people. This year, I’ll be posting those articles on my blog for those

12 Days of Christmas Parenting It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! It seems like we just celebrated Thanksgiving a few days ago. This time last year, I posted a holiday blog tour called: “The 12 Days of Christmas Parenting”  on the blogs some of my favorite people. This year, I’ll be posting those articles on my blog for those

12 Days of Christmas Parenting It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! It seems like we just celebrated Thanksgiving a few days ago. This time last year, I posted a holiday blog tour called: “The 12 Days of Christmas Parenting”  on the blogs some of my favorite people. This year, I’ll be posting those articles on my blog for those

12 Days of Christmas Parenting It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! It seems like we just celebrated Thanksgiving a few days ago. This time last year, I posted a holiday blog tour called: “The 12 Days of Christmas Parenting”  on the blogs some of my favorite people. This year, I’ll be posting those articles on my blog for those

12 Days of Christmas Parenting It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! It seems like we just celebrated Thanksgiving a few days ago. This time last year, I posted a holiday blog tour called: “The 12 Days of Christmas Parenting”  on the blogs some of my favorite people. This year, I’ll be posting those articles on my blog for those

12 Days of Christmas Parenting It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! It seems like we just celebrated Thanksgiving a few days ago. This time last year, I posted a holiday blog tour called: “The 12 Days of Christmas Parenting”  on the blogs some of my favorite people. This year, I’ll be posting those articles on my blog for those

  12 Days of Christmas Parenting It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! It seems like we just celebrated Thanksgiving a few days ago. This time last year, I posted a holiday blog tour called: “The 12 Days of Christmas Parenting”  on the blogs some of my favorite people. This year, I’ll be posting those articles on my blog for those

  12 Days of Christmas Parenting It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! This time last year, I posted a holiday blog tour called: “The 12 Days of Christmas Parenting”  on the blogs some of my favorite people. This year, I’ll be posting those articles on my blog for those who either missed it last year – or need a reminder

  12 Days of Christmas Parenting It’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! It seems like we just celebrated Thanksgiving a few days ago. This time last year, I posted a holiday blog tour called: “The 12 Days of Christmas Parenting”  on the blogs some of my favorite people. This year, I’ll be posting those articles on my blog for those

   12 Days of Christmas Parenting It's hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! This time last year, I posted a holiday blog tour called: "The 12 Days of Christmas Parenting”  on the blogs some of my favorite people. This year, I'll be posting those articles on my blog for those who either missed it last year - or need a

Every year in June for the past 5 years, Growing Leaders has hosted the National Leadership Forum in Atlanta, GA. We intentionally designed the National Leadership Forum to be unique compared to any other conference or event. Each year, we purpose to: •  Select a specific theme for executive leaders, then stick to it •  Allow several gifted and notable speakers to address the

USA Today reported last week that communication is changing in public places. For example, patrons are encouraged to actually keep their cell phones ON during concerts, symphony performances or theatre plays. In fact, special seating has been arranged for such people who will do so. Why? They want people to tweet and blog about the show. Concert promoters know that

Today's blog is a guest post from Brenda Coomer, a leadership coach from Tulsa, OK. I hope you are as challenged by her words as I was!   I have a 13-year-old client (we’ll call her Amy) who had a life-altering event 2 years ago.  She was on vacation with her family, when their vehicle spun out of control into a head-on

This past week, I had the privilege of working with two great national organizations. I participated in a three-day “think tank” with the national FFA, in Indianapolis. Our goal was to think strategically about what student leaders and staff needed to know and do to become effective leaders. Then I flew to Omaha, Nebraska for the weekend, to speak at the Central Region event for DECA. I spent Saturday with faculty talking about how to connect with students and provide what the need to be healthy leaders as adults.

In both cases, I met key adult leaders who were intensely passionate about doing what must be done to equip kids to be ready for life. I realize this sounds cliché, but I love it when I meet teachers and administrators who haven’t forgotten why they got into this “gig” in the first place.

Last week, I heard a leader say, "Organizational culture is not something leaders are responsible to create. Culture just happens." Unfortunately, he is both right and wrong. Culture does just happen, by default, if leaders are not careful to intentionally foster a healthy culture through their influence. I believe it is the responsibility of executive leaders to cultivate the atmosphere and values

    When I look around me, I see both good and bad. Our society is full of positive components, like volunteerism, new and helpful technology, and breakthrough medical procedures that lengthen our lives. At the same time, I see lots of broken things—in organizations, families, education, churches and government. My concern for leaders is—that we let what’s become common be considered normal. Let