I find myself challenging adults to call students back to fundamentals today. It’s not that I’m against progress; technology is not going away and most of us don’t want it to. Our world is growing at a fast pace, and change always comes with growth. But I am concerned we adults are not helping young adults navigate their lives. We

Much has been written about the self-absorption of high school and college students today. Narcissism and self-esteem is on the rise, with 80 percent of middle-school students scoring higher in self-esteem in 2006 than the average middle-school student in 1988, according to one study (Review of General Psychology, Vol. 14, No. 3). Among college students, subclinical levels of narcissism have

I have noticed a pattern in many leaders. Most of us start well—with good motives, a clear vision for adding value to our world, and lots of energy. Over time, though, our perspective gets muddied. We may still be pursuing our goal, but our sight becomes limited. We no longer see the big picture. We become self-focused, and our energy

We are at the end of the Sochi Olympics, and as you’ve probably witnessed, there have been an incredible assortment of stories and achievements that have made these games special. One specific story from this past week reminds me of a leadership skill we can instill in students called Small Sprockets. Mikaela Shiffrin was once like any other kid who liked

We are nearing the end of the Sochi Olympics, and as you’ve probably witnessed, there have been an incredible assortment of stories and achievements that have made these games special. One specific story that came out during this season reminds me of a leadership skill we can instill in students called Life Sentence. Life Sentence The contribution of a leader will ultimately

In 350 B.C., Aristotle mused about how to communicate effectively, as well as what makes for a convincing argument. How could someone make a speech and persuade listeners to agree and act on it? That’s a good question. It seems this is a timeless question, too. The answer, he argued, could be found in three ideas: Ethos (credibility) – This is an

Recently I had a great conversation with Justin Su'a, Head of Mental Conditioning at IMG Academy. We discussed the current state of student-athletes and ways we can help them (as well as any student) become mentally tough. Through many conversations with athletic personnel like Justin, I am seeing the same trends over and over concerning student-athletes. I hope you enjoy

Adjusting the Sails Correcting Our Course in Student Development Several years ago, some team members and I at Growing Leaders were training students and youth workers in Cairo, Egypt. While there, we had the privilege of hopping in a small boat and sailing on the Nile River. It was surreal. Up one direction was a Chili’s restaurant and toward the other, the

The Winter Olympics in Sochi are well under way, and already, we are seeing and hearing amazing stories from Olympic athletes. One story in particular represents everything great about the games and reminds me of a Habitude called The Waldorf Principle. Anton Gafarov In the finals of the Men’s Cross Country Skiing event, Russia’s Anton Gafarov crashed halfway down the hill, badly damaging his

I have written before about the generation of younger kids who’ll follow Millennials and Generation iY. They’re still young (12 or younger), but they will experience a different reality than their older siblings, aunts and uncles born in the 1990s. If you teach, coach or parent kids, you should be aware of the coming changes. Let me illustrate the shift I

‘Tis the season again! The opening ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi are upon us. If you’re like me, you’re always impressed by a story or two that surface during the games. Usually it’s about a young person who worked to qualify and then astounded the multitudes with her or his abilities.  It’s a battle of minds,

Results are in from a new study by Jive/Harris on the most annoying smart phone behaviors at work. You may not be surprised by what they discovered. The most annoying habits in order are: Having loud private conversations: 65 percent Not silencing the phone: 59 percent Checking the phone during a conversation: 52 percent Checking the phone in a meeting: 38 percent Why do those surveyed say

At Growing Leaders, we constantly seek to be “best in class.” We provide events and resources to develop emerging leaders on school campuses, in companies, sports teams, non-profit orgs, church youth groups, you name it. Recently, I heard two television commentators talking about the Oscars and the Golden Globe Awards. As they mused about the best films of 2013, Disney animators

From time to time, I like to remind our blog readers that Generation iY contains some incredibly innovative and disciplined individuals. When I meet them or read about them, my hope for the future is refreshed. Some of their inventions are wild and some are deeply practical— but all of them are encouraging. Since 1996, T3 magazine has been awarding

Earlier this month, I posted a series of blogs on the power of teaching with images. The research is what’s behind our creation of Habitudes—Images That Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, as many students today learn best through images and visuals. It’s their world. Yet even though we know the students we lead are different from each other, we tend to