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

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

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

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

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

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.