Fall is always a busy time, isn’t it? I know at Growing Leaders, our team has thoroughly enjoyed connecting with you at events, conferences, workshops, and training sessions on preparing tomorrow’s leaders today. This week, we’ve been filming the new season of Habitudes for Athletes. I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you an inspiring story that
Today, we are fortunate to hear from one of our Growing Leaders' speakers, Dr. Tracy Reynolds. He provides wisdom about leadership development, relational leadership, mentoring communities, and understanding Generation Y. Today he is sharing his advice on how to take the labor and pain out of collaboration. Collaborate. The typical dictionary definition includes the idea of working together, joining forces, and
Both of these are far more harmful than the hurt of a skinned knee or broken arm as a child. In our effort to prevent hurt, we’ve accelerated harm. It’s now showing up as they become adults. The majority of students today move home after college, feeling ill-equipped for life without help from mom or dad. Psychologists in Europe say
We must embrace disruption in education. We must become more pragmatic, which means we continue with the rigors of scholarly learning experience, but insure the classroom is preparing them for the world of tomorrow, the one they'll spend their careers in and navigate for those behind them.
Obviously, negative risk taking should be discouraged, such as smoking, alcohol, illegal drugs, etc. In addition, there will be times our young people do need our help, or affirmation. But—healthy teens are going to want to spread their wings. They’ll need to try things on their own. And we, the adults, must let them. Here are some simple ideas you
This past August, I wrote an article that was shared 381,000 times on Facebook and 6,684 times on Twitter. I am so appreciative for the many comments, concerns, and questions that help me be a better leader. Thank you, and enjoy our second most popular article, "What Parents Should Say as Their Kids Perform". In my work at Growing Leaders, we enjoy the
I am thankful for the great feedback I have received as a result of this article that I originally posted in April, 2013. I hope you continue to find it helpful as you lead kids and build up authentic leaders. I visited the home of a friend of mine just after he’d coached another season of little league baseball. His son,
You may remember the famous “marshmallow test” performed nearly a half-century ago at Stanford University. (You can find an amusing re-enactment of it on YouTube)
I appreciate everyone who reads, comments, and sparks continued research through our blog articles. I wanted to take this week to post the top 5 articles that have helped leaders like you over the last 10 years. Today's article is "The Secret to Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids." We live in complex times. As I work with thousands of parents and faculty
What would you do if you found a wallet containing $50, a cell phone number, a business card and a family photo? That's precisely what Reader's Digest aimed to find out by dropping 12 such lures on sidewalks and in parks in 16 major cities in Europe, North and South American and Asia. Of the 192 wallets "lost," 47% were
If you keep up with the sports page, you already know about the drought that just ended for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team. The Pirates are headed to the playoffs for the first time in 21 years, clinching at least a National League wild card last week when they beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1.
Every teacher, coach, parent or employer has been tempted to come unglued at a young person, when they do or say something unwise or immature: Drinking underage Sending inappropriate texts Driving while drunk Showing disrespect Stealing petty cash Using illegal drugs Bullying another student Harming themselves or others Results from a new study, conducted by psychologist Ming-Te Wang, at the University of
In the last podcast, we talked about "How to Stop Stealing a Kid’s Ambition". We went through three different types of incentives that we’re seeing in kids and how we can build ambition through that. Today we are talking about six practical ways that we can foster ambition in kids. Click to Listen A recent story broke out in Paris, France about
As you consider how to lead the young people in your life, be counter-cultural. Embrace their connections, but allow time for personal development. Challenge them to disconnect enough to grow personally. Encourage them to take time for solitude and reflection. Then, when they’re out with people, provide time for face-to-face community. This can be contagious too. It isn’t too late
This is a legitimate concern for many parents and teachers. It almost sounds cliché, but kids today—from athletes to mathletes—are becoming dependent, even addicted to technology. Pew Research reports that students would rather lose their “small finger” than their smart phone.
Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to host an interview with best-selling writer, Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers. I loved them all, and spending time lobbing questions his way was the highlight of my week. I was like a kid in a candy store. We focused on his new book, David and Goliath, the classic underdog story of a teenage boy who
As I travel and speak on school campuses, in athletic departments, in companies or in churches, I consistently hear adults moan about kids today. “Those lazy, entitled, coddled slackers,” they say, “are going to ruin our country.” It may be true. But if it is, I don’t blame the kids. May I remind you that young people are the products of the
The vast majority of employers now check personal pages on Facebook before they hire a young employee. More often than not, those companies choose not to hire because of what they saw on the site. What were those kids thinking? Uh, that’s just it. They weren’t thinking.
Psychologists have said for years that our minds are the most powerful tool we possess. Because our imaginations are so strong, our brains do not tell the difference between a real experience and an imagined experience. Today, psychologists are saying that video games are so “realistic”, kids want to move beyond a screen and believe they can actually live them
You may remember the famous “marshmallow test” performed nearly a half-century ago at Stanford University. (You can find an amusing re-enactment of it on YouTube) In the experiment, young children are seated in a room and a marshmallow is placed on a table in front of them. Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel and his team, then told the children they could eat
So how can student-athletes, coaches, educators, and parents help pave the way for a smooth transition? My parents breathed perspective into me by continually reminding me “I do gymnastics” versus “I am gymnastics”. Gymnastics was the outlet through which I expressed my goals, my ambitions, and my personality and drive for success. It did not define me.
Students today are a little like a wild stallion. Lots of energy, but often going in many directions. They often receive no wise counsel from others. I realize this will sound a bit controversial, but let me walk you through three action steps to take to help lead twenty-somethings and teens.